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Notices and Updates


Date Posted/Updated Description
2021230808/23/2021 NOTICE TO OPERATORS - 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.

2021040606/04/2021 NOTICE TO OPERATORS - 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.

2021030303/03/2021 NOTICE TO OPERATORS - 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

2020281212/28/2020 NOTICE TO OPERATORS - 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.

2019250909/25/2019 NOTICE TO OPERATORS - 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.

2021040606/04/2021 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.

2021030303/03/2021 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.

2020281212/28/2020 WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANS DUE BY JANUARY 15, 2021 -

Rule R649-9-2.4 requires that all operators submit an Annual Waste Management Plan to account for the disposition of produced water and other E&P wastes.

2020120505/12/2020 TEMPORARY EXCEPTIONS TO THE GENERAL OIL AND GAS ADMINISTRATIVE RULES IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC - UPDATE: This is no longer in effect and the regular rules apply. To view our current current rules, please follow the link under the "Click Here" column. In response to the global health crisis resulting from the COVID-19 virus and the subsequent economic deterioration of the petroleum industry, the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining recognizes the need to make temporary adjustments to the General Rules governing oil and gas operations so as to minimize risk of exposure to the virus, and to provide some economic stability to industry, without sacrificing the protection of human health and the environment. Click on the icon to the right to read more about these changes in a letter from Director John Baza.
2020160303/16/2020 COVID-19 RESPONSE - STAFF TELEWORKING - STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS -

In our efforts to address COVID- 19 and per direction from the Governor's Office, the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining is implementing teleworking where possible immediately through Friday, March 27. If you have business with the Division, please call or email before coming in to make sure necessary staff is available. If you need to leave a message, staff will get back to you as soon as possible. We are taking all steps necessary to ensure we provide the same level of service, while protecting the health and well-being of our staff. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.

2022220303/22/2022 WORKOVER TAX CREDIT APPLICATION PROCESS REVISED -

Utah House Bills 389 and 1003 made statutory changes to the process of requesting severance tax credits for oil and gas well workovers and recompletions. The process now requires that an independent CPA report on the accuracy and validity of the expenditure amounts claimed on the Designation of Workover or Recompletion, Form 15. Click on the icon to the right for more information. The time frame for submitting well workover tax credits was extended from 90 days to 180 days per Rule R649-2-23. Click on the link above for more information.

2020140101/14/2020 NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS -

The Board of Oil, Gas and Mining is accepting nominations for 2020 Environmental Excellence Awards now through Friday, February 21. Environmental Excellence Awards recognize reclamation projects, technological innovations, and best practices going above and beyond what is normally expected under industry practices and regulatory requirements.

2020250909/25/2020 REMINDER TO SUBMIT ALL LOGS WITH WELL COMPLETION REPORT -

Operators are reminded 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.

2019290404/29/2019 ANNUAL FLUID INJECTION REPORT AND FLUID ANALYSIS DUE BY MARCH 1, 2019 -

Rule R649-8-21 requires that operators of disposal wells, storage wells, or enhanced recovery projects submit UIC Form 4, Annual Fluid Injection Report, within 60 days following the end of the year. Rule R649-5-5 requires that the fluids injected into each disposal well or project be sampled and analyzed no less frequently than once a year and a copy of the analysis be submitted with UIC Form 4.

2019070101/07/2019 WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANS DUE BY JANUARY 15, 2019 -

Rule R649-9-2.4 requires that all operators submit an Annual Waste Management Plan to account for the disposition of produced water and other E&P wastes.

2018240404/24/2018 WASTE DISPOSAL AND LANDFARM PROCEDURES -

The Division has observed that some waste streams are inappropriately being applied to landfarm disposal facilities. Guidelines for the use of such facilities are available under Publications/Handbooks & Guidance Documents.

2018190404/19/2018 SECOND NOTICE - FIVE YEAR E&P WASTE DISPOSAL FACILITY PERMIT RENEWAL AND BOND DUE BY JULY 1, 2018 Rule R649-9-8 requires operators of E&P waste disposal facilities to renew their permit and post a full-cost bond by July 1, 2018. Failure to obtain a permit renewal and post a full-cost bond will result in facility closure at the time of permit expiration on July 1, 2018. The division recommends that operators submit their permit renewal applications and bond by May 15, 2018, to ensure adequate time for review. Permit renewal applications may now be submitted online via Utah ePermit.
2018130202/13/2018 FIVE YEAR E&P WASTE DISPOSAL FACILITY PERMIT RENEWAL AND BOND DUE BY JULY 1, 2018 -

Rule R649-9-8 requires operators of E&P waste disposal facilities to renew their permit and post a full-cost bond by July 1, 2018. Failure to obtain a permit renewal and post a full-cost bond will result in facility closure at the time of permit expiration on July 1, 2018. The division recommends that operators submit their permit renewal applications and bond by May 15, 2018, to ensure adequate time for review.

2018250101/25/2018 ANNUAL FLUID INJECTION REPORT AND FLUID ANALYSIS DUE BY MARCH 1, 2018 -

Rule R649-8-21 requires that operators of disposal wells, storage wells, or enhanced recovery projects submit UIC Form 4, Annual Fluid Injection Report, within 60 days following the end of the year. Rule R649-5-5 requires that the fluids injected into each disposal well or project be sampled and analyzed no less frequently than once a year and a copy of the analysis be submitted with UIC Form 4.

2017281111/28/2017 WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANS DUE BY JANUARY 15, 2018 -

Rule R649-9-2.4 requires that all operators submit an Annual Waste Management Plan to account for the disposition of produced water and other E&P wastes.

2017110909/11/2017 NEW GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE -

New guidance documents for field operations have been created for operator use. They are available under Publications/Handbooks & Guidance Documents.

2017200303/20/2017 CHANGES COMING SOON TO ELECTRONIC DATA SYSTEMS -

The Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining will soon begin using a new oil and gas database. This will impact most of our electronic operations. Additional changes will be rolled out to oil and gas operators sometime during the next 6 to 12 weeks. Click the icon at the right for more detail.

2016151212/15/2016 ANNUAL FLUID INJECTION REPORT AND FLUID ANALYSIS DUE BY MARCH 1, 2017 -

Rule R649-8-21 requires that operators of disposal wells, storage wells, or enhanced recovery projects submit UIC Form 4, Annual Fluid Injection Report, within 60 days following the end of the year. Rule R649-5-5 requires that the fluids injected into each disposal well or project be sampled and analyzed no less frequently than once a year and a copy of the analysis be submitted with UIC Form 4.

2016151212/15/2016 WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANS DUE BY JANUARY 15, 2017 -

Rule R649-9-2.4 requires that all operators submit an Annual Waste Management Plan to account for the disposition of produced water and other E&P wastes.

2016271010/27/2016 AMENDED INCIDENT REPORTING RULES EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 1, 2016 -

The Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining, on October 26, 2016, approved changes to rule R649-3-32, Incident Reporting. The effective date of the changes is November 1, 2016. Rule R649-3-32 pertains to the reporting of events involving such things as accidents, injuries, fatalities, fires, blowouts, loss of control of wells, and the unauthorized release of oil and natural gas-related product, by-product, or waste through flaring, venting, and spills. Click the icon to the right to view the rule text.

2016050101/05/2016 ANNUAL FLUID INJECTION REPORT AND FLUID ANALYSIS DUE BY MARCH 1, 2016 -

Rule R649-8-21 requires that operators of disposal wells, storage wells, or enhanced recovery projects submit (TESTING!!!) UIC Form 4, Annual Fluid Injection Report, within 60 days following the end of the year. Rule R649-5-5 requires that the fluids injected into each disposal well or project be sampled and analyzed no less frequently than once a year and a copy of the analysis be submitted with UIC Form 4.

2014231212/23/2014 WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANS DUE BY JANUARY 15, 2015 -

Rule R649-9-2.4 requires that all operators submit an Annual Waste Management Plan to account for the disposition of produced water and other E&P wastes.

2014221212/22/2014 MAINTENANCE OF WELL CELLARS AND CASING VALVES -

Rule R649-3-15 requires that well cellars and casing valves be kept clean and properly maintained. Beginning April 2015, the Division will issue Notices of Violation to those operators not in compliance.

2014020101/02/2014 WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANS DUE BY JANUARY 15, 2014 -

Rule R649-9-2.4 requires that all operators submit an Annual Waste Management Plan to account for the disposition of produced water and other E&P wastes.

2013060808/06/2013 LAS LOGS NOW AVAILABLE -

In recent years, the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining has received LAS logs (Log ASCII Standard) for some new wells. These logs are now available for downloading.

2013270606/27/2013 AMENDED WASTE MANAGEMENT AND DISPOSAL RULES EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013 -

The Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining on June 26, 2013 approved the repeal of the prior R649-9 rules and the reenactment of the new R649-9 rules, with an effective date of July 1, 2013. Rule R649-9 pertains to the disposal and management of produced water and oil-field wastes. Click the icon to the right to view the rule text.

2013010505/01/2013 INCIDENT REPORT eFORM - AMENDMENTS NOW ALLOWED -

Operators using the division's Incident Report web form to report spills, blowouts, fires, and other undesirable events, may now amend existing reports previously entered into the system. Original reports should be amended when corrections are needed, rather than creating new reports for the same event. This will allow for more accurate tracking of such events.

2013240404/24/2013 NEW OPTION FOR SUBMITTING WELL COMPLETION REPORTS NOW AVAILABLE -

Utah oil and gas operators can now submit their Well Completion Reports (Form 8) and associated attachments by uploading a single pdf copy through the division's ePermit system (a "Completion Report" button is located on the Main Menu). This option replaces the need for submitting paper copies of this report. NOTE: Hard copies of all required well logs must still be mailed to the division at this time.

2013240101/24/2013 NEW SURFACE OWNER PROTECTION ACT RULES EFFECTIVE JANUARY 23, 2013 -

As a result of S.B. 77 passed by the 2012 Legislature, the Board of Oil, Gas and Mining approved Rule R649-3-38, Surface Owner Protection Act, effective January 23, 2013. The key focus of S.B. 77 and the new rule is to surface land that is defined as privately owned land overlying privately owned oil and gas resources, upon which oil and gas operations are conducted. Click the icon to the right to view the rule text.

2012121212/12/2012 WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANS DUE BY JANUARY 15, 2013 -

Rule R649-9-2.4 requires that all operators submit an Annual Waste Management Plan to account for the disposition of produced water and other E&P wastes.

2012291010/29/2012 NEW HYDRAULIC FRACTURING RULE EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 1, 2012 -

The Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining has approved a hydraulic fracturing rule which has an effective date of November 1, 2012. Rule R649-3-39 requires all operators to report the amount and type of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations to the national registry website, FracFocus, within 60 days of the work being performed. Click here to review the rule. Click on the icon to the right to read Associate Director John Roger's Notice to Operators.

2012210505/21/2012 FRACFOCUS WEBINAR TRAINING IS NOW AVAILABLE -

The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and Ground Water Protection Council have announced that a webinar is now available for companies that would like to participate in the FracFocus hydraulic fracturing chemical registry. This 15-minute training offers companies a way to quickly train their personnel in the use of the FracFocus disclosure system. It can be accessed by navigating to the FracFocus website located at https://fracfocus.org.

2012280202/28/2012 OPERATORS ENCOURAGED TO REPORT ON HYDRAULIC FRACTURING ACTIVITIES -

As a way to address some of the public's concerns regarding hydraulic fracturing, all Utah well operators are hereby encouraged to voluntarily report the chemical content of their hydraulic fracturing fluids to FracFocus.

2011191212/19/2011 WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANS DUE BY JANUARY 15, 2012 -

Rule R649-9-2.4 requires that all operators submit an Annual Waste Management Plan to account for the disposition of produced water and other E&P wastes.Rule R649-9-2.4 requires that all operators submit an Annual Waste Management Plan to account for the disposition of produced water and other E&P wastes.

2011230303/23/2011 MAPPING COORDINATES CONVERTED TO NAD83 -

The Utah Oil and Gas Program converted its UTM mapping coordinates from NAD27 to NAD83 (Zone 12) effective October 18, 2011. Latitude and longitude coordinates were converted on October 26. Mapping coordinates can be downloaded here.

2011230303/23/2011 NEW METHOD FOR AMENDING EXISTING ELECTRONIC DRILLING PERMITS IS NOW AVAILABLE -

It is no longer necessary for operators to call division employees to "unlock" their permit for editing. They can now open the desired permit, quickly make the changes on a single form, and submit them.

2011230303/23/2011 DESIGNATION OF WORKOVER OR RECOMPLETION, FORM 15, CAN NOW BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY -

An option to submit applications for workover tax credits has been added to our ePermit program.

2011030303/03/2011 NEW INTERACTIVE OIL AND GAS MAP IS NOW AVAILABLE -

The Division of Oil, Gas and Mining has teamed up with AGRC to develop a Google-notices-style map for locating oil and gas wells.

2010011212/01/2010 WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANS DUE BY JANUARY 15, 2011 -

Rule R649-9-2.4 requires that all operators submit an Annual Waste Management Plan to account for the disposition of produced water and other E&P wastes.

2009011212/01/2009 WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANS DUE BY JANUARY 15, 2010 -

Rule R649-9-2.4 requires that all operators submit an Annual Waste Management Plan to account for the disposition of produced water and other E&P wastes.

2009260202/26/2009 WATER/ENERGY SUSTAINABILITY SYMPOSIUM - SEPTEMBER 13-17, 2009 -

The Ground Water Protection Council invites your participation in the first Water/Energy Sustainability Symposium at the GWPC 2009 Annual Forum, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Deadline for Abstract Submission is April 1st, 2009.

2009150101/15/2009 ePermit TRAINING TO BE HELD FEBRUARY 19, 2009 -

Learn how to submit drilling permits electronically. All Oil and gas company representatives are encouraged to attend an ePermit introduction and training meeting to be held in Salt Lake City from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Those planning to attend should RSVP via email or by phone (801-538-5329) no later than February 5, 2009 (email registrants should show name, title, company, phone number, and address). Registration will be on a "first-come-first-serve" basis as building accommodations are limited.

2008040101/04/2008 PALEONTOLOGICAL INVENTORY NOW REQUIRED WITH APD -

All Applications for Permit to Drill (APD) that are submitted for areas located within sensitive paleontological areas must now include either a paleontological inventory or evidence of a completed paleontological review.

2007291010/29/2007 ONLINE FILING OF APPLICATIONS FOR PERMIT TO DRILL -

Utah oil and gas operators can now submit Applications for Permit to Drill (APDs) through the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining web site. Prior to filing for permits electronically, companies must submit a registration form to the division. The new permit system walks the user through a series of data screens asking for such things as well location, ownership information, and casing design. APD attachments can be submitted in pdf format.

2007110101/11/2007 REPORTING UNDESIRABLE EVENTS ELECTRONICALLY -

Operators reporting undesirable events, such as leaks, spills, fires, etc. can now submit their written report electronically to the division (preceded by a call to the division) by using a new Undesirable Event eForm.

2006261010/26/2006 DRILLING PERMIT EXPIRATION DATES -

Utah oil and gas well drilling permits (APDs) are generally valid for one year. It is the operator's responsibility to monitor permit expiration. Permit expiration dates can now be viewed here.

2006171010/17/2006 EXPEDITED PROCESSING OF PERMITS -

High levels of industry activity have made it impossible for the Division to honor requests from oil and gas operators and waste facility operators for expedited processing of drilling permits and other applications. Read this notice to learn more about ways to speed up the approval process.

2006080606/08/2006 VERSION 2 OF eReportRemote IS NOW AVAILABLE -

Oil and gas operators can submit production, disposition, and injection reports to the Division electronically via Utah eReport. Version 2 of the eReportRemote program now provides an Access mdb file structure and xml translator to make database-to-database batch transfers simpler.

2006290303/29/2006 SCANNED WELL FILES NOW AVAILABLE -

Approximately 22,300 scanned well files are now available for viewing on our LiveData Search search program.

2006100101/10/2006 VIEWING WELL LOGS -

Approximately 38,000 well log images from 11,000 wells are now available for viewing.

2005080909/08/2005 ELECTRONIC PRODUCTION REPORTING -

Electronic production reporting is now available to operators.

2005170808/17/2005 NEW ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR -

A New Associate Director of Oil and Gas has been selected.

2005300606/30/2005 OIL AND GAS RULE CHANGES -

Several "non-substantive" changes were made to the Utah Oil and Gas Conservation General Rules and approved by the Board of Oil, Gas and Mining at their June 2005 hearing. These modifications consisted mostly of grammatical corrections and updates and were deemed to be such that they do not impact the way the division conducts its day-to-day business.

2005060505/06/2005 NEW DIVISION DIRECTOR -

A New Division Director has been selected.

2005080202/08/2005 CHECKLIST FOR PREPARING PERMIT APPLICATIONS -

A checklist is now available to assist operators in putting together a complete Application for Permit to Drill (APD) package.

2004101212/10/2004 WELL HISTORY DATA ON WEB -

Well history information (drilling dates, completion dates, etc.) is now available on our web site.

2004270404/27/2004 LIMITS ON DRILLING PERMIT EXTENSIONS -

The Division will no longer issue more than two drilling permit extensions for wells to be drilled on State or Private (fee) leases.

2004270404/27/2004 TRANSFERRING DRILLING PERMITS TO ANOTHER COMPANY -

Drilling permits or pending applications will not be transferred to a new company in the course of an operator change until the new operator signs a Request to Transfer Application or Permit to Drill form.

2004240202/24/2004 PLUGGING BONDS FOR STATE LEASE WELLS -

Effective February 24, 2004, the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining began holding all plugging bonds for wells located on School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration lands, in addition to bonds for wells located on fee lands.

2003010707/01/2003 BOND RULE CHANGES -

Several changes to rule R649-3-1, Bonding, were approved by the Board of Oil, Gas and Mining and became effective July 1, 2003.

2003270404/24/2003 CHECKLIST FOR DRILLING PERMIT EXTENSIONS -

The Division is requesting that Sundry Notices for APD extensions now be accompanied by a checklist validating the prior application information.

2003170303/17/2003 CULTURAL RESOURCE INVENTORY FOR DRILLING PERMITS -

Cultural Resource Inventory information is now required when submitting an application for permit to drill on Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands.