Oil and Gas Program

The Role of the Oil and Gas Program

The state of Utah is rich in oil and natural gas and was ranked 11th in the country in crude oil production and 13th in natural gas gross production during 2016 (Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration). There are approximately 11,700 producing oil and gas wells statewide. The program’s mission is to promote the exploration, development and conservation of oil and natural gas resources in Utah while creating energy-related jobs, boosting local economies and generating oil and gas tax revenues. The demand for reliable and affordable energy is essential for the well-being of our state.

The New Workplace: Modernizing Where, How, and When Utah Works

The State of Utah has implemented a new initiative across all state agencies entitled "The New Workplace: Modernizing Where, How, and When Utah Works." Due to this new initiative, many staff are not in the office five days a week. We are taking all necessary steps to ensure we provide the same level of service to our customers, while increasing our efficiencies of how/where business is done. If you have business with the Division, please call or email before coming in to make sure necessary staff is available.


News and Announcements

WE HAVE A NEW WEBSITE! (8/11/2022)
Welcome to our new Oil & Gas website! Effective immediately, this is where we will be posting our news and updates, as well as our updated procedures, forms, etc. Our older website found here is still up and running but will no longer be updated. The new website retains all of the functionality of the older website except for LiveData Search. LiveData Search will remain on the older website for the time being. *NOTE* The older website will continue to run until January 1st, 2023, at which point we will start disabling pages to encourage the use of our newer website.

NOTICE TO WELL OPERATORS (6/2/2022) - CANCELLATION OF TEMPORARY EXCEPTIONS TO THE GENERAL OIL AND GAS ADMINISTRATIVE RULES IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Market conditions for Utah oil production, including the WTI benchmark price of U.S. oil, have stabilized, therefore the Director of the Division has determined it is no longer necessary for temporary exceptions to the general oil and gas administrative rules in response to the COVID-19. Click here to view the notice.

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC (6/8/2022) - PUBLIC DASHBOARD AVAILABLE
A new dashboard has been made available to the public. Please follow the link at the top of the Map Resources page. Here is a link directly to the new dashboard.

DISCLAIMER: The dashboard was not developed by Utah's Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining, it was made by a 3rd partly consulting company that uses our publicly available data. Please use the consulting company's contact information for your questions and/or comments.

NOTICE TO WELL OPERATORS (3/8/2022) - WORKOVER CREDIT TIME FRAME EXTENDED, UIC WELLS COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED, AND ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION OF PRODUCTION/DISPOSITION REPORTS REQUIRED
Several rule changes went into effect in February 2022. They include: (1) extending the time frame for submitting well workover tax credits to the division from 90 to 180 days per Rule R649-2-23, (2) increasing the public comment period for UIC wells from 15 to 30 days per rule Rule R649-5-3, and (3) updates to Form 10 requiring all operators to submit their production and disposition reports electronically through eForm per rule Rule R649-8-11

NOTICE TO WELL OPERATORS (12/15/2021) - WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANS FOR 2022 ARE DUE BY JANUARY 15, 2022.
All operators of oil and gas wells (producing, shut-in, or temporarily abandoned) are required to file an Annual Waste Management Plan. Rule R649-92.4 requires that the plan be filled each year by January 15th to account for the disposition of produced water and other E&P wastes. Failure to submit a plan by the deadline will result in a Notice of Violation. Click here to learn more.

NEW INTERACTIVE MAP (10/25/2021) - UTAH'S OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY OVER TIME
Cat Schooley from the Utah Oil, Gas, and Mining division has made a new interactive map to help illustrate Utah's Oil and Gas activity over time. Click here to check it out! You can also find a link to the new map on our "Map Resources" page.

NOTICE TO OPERATORS (8/23/2021) - NEW DATA EXPLORER APD FEATURE AVAILABLE!
In accordance with R649-3-4.3, notice of approved APDs can now be found in Data Explorer. Click here for a short video demonstration.

NOTICE TO OPERATORS (6/4/2021) - RULES OUTLINING PENALTIES APPROVED AND ACCEPTED BY THE BOARD
At the May 26, 2021 Utah Board of Oil, Gas, and Mining hearing, rules outlining penalties for oil and gas operations were approved and accepted. Click here to learn more.

NOTICE TO OPERATORS (3/3/2021) - CHANGES TO DRILLING OPERATIONS SUSPENDED STATUS REPORTING
Operators shall file a Sundry Form 9 requesting drilling operations suspended. Prior to drilling operations resuming another sundry shall be filed notifying the intent to recommence drilling. Click here to learn more

NOTICE TO OPERATORS (12/28/2020) - WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANS FOR 2021 ARE DUE BY JANUARY 15, 2021
All operators of oil and gas wells (producing, shut in, or temporarily abandoned) are required to file an Annual Waste Management Plan. Rule R649-9-2.4 requires that the plan be filed each year by January 15 to account for the disposition of produced water and other E&P wastes. Failure to submit a plan by the deadline will result in a Notice of Violation. Click here to learn more.

NOTICE TO OPERATORS (9/25/2019) - REMINDER TO SUBMIT ALL LOGS WITH WELL COMPLETION REPORT
This is a reminder to operators that a copy of all electric and radioactivity logs that are run must be filed with a Well Completion Report, Form 8, within 30 days after the completion of of any well drilled or redrilled. This is in accordance with Rule R649-3-21. Failure to submit ALL logs within 30 days may result in the Division pursuing enforcement action.