ABOUT US

Our Mission

The mission of the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining is to regulate the exploration and development of coal, oil and gas, and other minerals in a manner which

  1. encourages responsible reclamation and development;
  2. protects correlative rights;
  3. prevents waste; and
  4. protects human health and safety, the environment, and the interests of the state and its citizens.


Division History

The Division was originally established in 1955 as the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to prevent the waste of oil and gas, encourage conservation and protect the correlative rights of oil and gas owners. Regulation of oil and gas exploration and development is funded with a levy on Utah oil and gas production. In 1968, the Division of Oil and Gas Conservation was formed as a part of the Department of Natural Resources. In 1975, the Utah Legislature assigned the Division the responsibility for administration of the Mined Land Reclamation Act and it became the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining. The Act's primary function was to "prevent conditions detrimental to the general safety and welfare of the citizens of the state of Utah" that could occur from activities of the mining industry in the state. Permitting and inspection/enforcement procedures ensure proper mine operation and the reclamation of affected lands.

Implementation of the Mined Land Reclamation Act was initially funded totally with general state funds. A specific law to address the reclamation of coal mines, the Utah Coal Mining and Reclamation Act was passed in 1979, and in 1981 Utah received primacy for regulation of coal mining and reclamation under the federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA). In March 1987, the Division assumed sole responsibility under a Cooperative Agreement for permitting, inspection and enforcement on federal lands. Federal monies are provided for regulation of coal mining and reclamation on federal and nonfederal lands. The current cost split for the Coal Regulatory Program is 86 percent federal funds and 14 percent general funds. Monies for the regulation of noncoal minerals exploration and development continue to come primarily from the general fund with supplement from a modest permit fee program implemented in 1998.

The Division also conducts reclamation of abandoned mine sites under Title IV of SMCRA. Funds for this program come totally from appropriations of federal fees paid by the coal industry, based on a per-ton produced rate. Modest funding agreements with private and federal partners also supplement some of the work in the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program.

The Division received primacy in 1982 from the Environmental Protection Agency for regulation of Class II Water Injection Wells. This program was originally designated for funding with 75 percent federal funds and 25 percent general funds. During FY-98, however, federal funding comprised 44 percent of the revenue with the remaining costs covered by general funds. The program regulates disposal of produced water from oil and gas wells, and reinjection of fluids for pressure maintenance and secondary recovery operations in oil and gas fields.

In addition to Division functions, a seven-member quasi-judicial Board of Oil, Gas and Mining is responsible for policy development and for considering appeals of Division actions, specific regulatory policy determinations and rulemaking functions. The members of the Board are appointed by the Governor with Senate concurrence.



Rules and Statutes

Abandoned Mine Reclamation

Title R643

Title 40-10

Coal Regulatory Program

Title R645

Title 40-10

Minerals Regulatory Program

Title R647

Title 40-08

Utah Oil and Gas Rules

Utah Oil & Gas Conservation Act

Utah Oil & Gas Conservation General Rules



Performance Measurements

The Division of Oil,Gas and Mining (OGM) is committed to bringing value and innovation to Utah through service and technology. Each Quarter OGM renews their service levels to our customers via measurments of the number and timelinness of actions taken ...read more



Division Staff

ADMINISTRATION

John Baza Director 801-538-5334
Dana Dean Associate Director - Mining 801-538-5320
John Rogers Associate Director - Oil & Gas 801-538-5349
Julie Ann Carter Secretary to the Board 801-538-5277
Sheri Sasaki Administrative Assistant to Director 801-538-5448
Steve Schneider Administrative Services and Policy Coordinator 801-538-5328
Hollie Brown Public Information Officer 801-538-5324

PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTER

Vicky Dyson Public Information Center Manager\Records Officer 801-538-5279
Penny Bauer Office Technician\Receptionist 801-538-5340

BUDGET AND ACCOUNTING

Paula Dupin-Zahn BUDGET & ACCOUNTING OFFICER 801-538-5309
Gordon Brown Accountant 801-538-5381
Marie Jackson Accounting Technician 801-538-5274
Rose Nolton Accountant 801-538-5307

DATA PROCESSING

Angela Nance Sr. Business Analyst 801-538-5264
Juan Chill Application Programmer Analyst - Oil & Gas 801-538-5293
Rachel Williams Application Programmer Analyst-GIS 801-538-5323
Stacy Shifflett Graphics Arts Specialist 801-538-5383
Shaoqing Song Application Programmer Analyst - Oil & Gas 801-538-5319

MINING PROGRAM

Dana Dean Associate Director - Mining 801-538-5320
Vickie Southwick Executive Secretary - Mining 801-538-5304

ABANDONED MINE RECLAMATION

Steve Fluke ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGER 801-538-5259
Ruby Anderson Office Technician 801-538-5352
Connie Garcia Project Manager/Realty 801-538-5340
Jessica Montcalm Project Manager/Archaeologist 801-538-5318
Jan Morse Project Manager/NEPA 801-538-5327
Tom Nicolaysen Project Manager/Geologist 801-538-5360
Chris Rohrer Project Manager/Sr. Reclamation Specialist 801-538-5322
Dan Smith Project Manager/GIS 801-538-5292
Susan White Project Manager/Biologist 801-538-5311
Mark Wright Project Manager/Engineer 801-538-5267

COAL REGULATORY PROGRAM

Daron Haddock ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGER 801-538-5325
Priscilla Burton Soil Scientist (Price Office) 435-613-3733
Steve Christensen Permit Supervisor/Hydrologist 801-538-5350
Amanda Daniels Hydrologist 801-538-5262
Steve Demczak Engineer (Price Office) 435-613-3732
Joe Helfrich Biologist 801-538-5290
Karl Houskeeper Engineer (Price Office) 435-613-3730
Cheryl Parker Engineer 801-538-5286
Lisa Reinhart Biologist 801-538-5437
Suzanne Steab Engineer Technician 801-538-5265
Keenan Storrar Hydrologist 801-538-5345

MINERALS REGULATORY PROGRAM

Paul Baker ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGER 801-538-5261
April Abate Hydrologist 801-538-5214
Emily Berry Engineering Technician 801-538-5308
Penny Berry Surety Coordinator 801-538-5291
Mike Bradley Reclamation Specialist 801-538-5332
Peter Brinton Engineer 801-538-5258
Leslie Heppler Engineer 801-538-5257
Lynn Kunzler Biologist 801-538-5310
Wayne Western Engineer 801-538-5263

OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION

John Rogers Associate Director - Oil & Gas 801-538-5349
Jean Sweet Executive Secretary-O&G 801-538-5329
Dayne Doucet Petroleum Engineer 801-538-5303


Dustin Doucet PETROLEUM ENGINEER 801-538-5281
Vacant Engineering Geologist 801-538-5357


Josh Payne COMPLIANCE AND PUBLIC OUTREACH MANAGER 801-538-5314


Dan Jarvis FIELD OPERATIONS MANAGER 801-538-5338
Amy Doebele Operations - Senior Petroleum Specialist(Vernal) 435-722-7589 Cell Phone
Dennis Ingram Operations - Senior Petroleum Specialist(Vernal) 435-722-7584 Cell Phone
Chris Jensen Operations - Petroleum Specialist(Vernal) 435-247-1536
435-790-5892 Cell Phone
Mark Jones Operations - Petroleum Specialist(Price) 435-613-3735
435-820-8504 Cell Phone
Bart Kettle Operations - Petroleum Specialist(Price) 435-820-0862 Cell Phone
Richard Powell Operations - Senior Petroleum Specialist(Vernal) 435-247-1534
435-790-6145 Cell Phone


Brad Hill OIL AND GAS PERMITTING MANAGER 801-538-5315
Lisha Cordova Permitting - Environmental Scientist 801-538-5296
Diana Mason Permitting - Permitting Specialist 801-538-5312
Ammon McDonald Permitting - Environmental Scientist/Geologist 801-538-5337
Mark Reinbold Permitting - Environmental Scientist/Geologist 801-538-5333


Randy Thackeray LEAD AUDITOR 801-538-5316
Bev Wiser Oil & Gas Auditor 801-538-5346
Rachel Medina Bonding Technician 801-538-5260
Kathy Smith Oil & Gas Information Specialist 801-538-5301


Don Staley INFORMATION SERVICES MANAGER 801-538-5275
Alexis Huefner Oil & Gas Well Information Specialist 801-538-5302
Carolyn Williams Oil & Gas Production Information Specialist 801-538-5331


FAQ's

  1. Do you have a list of Environmental Consultants that perform work pertaining to oil, gas and mining projects?

    Yes, we have a list of consultants. This list of resources does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining. The list is only updated as often as we are notified by the company. You can add or update your company information by contacting Angela Nance at angelanance@utah.gov

    Environmental Consultants List




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