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Reporting Oil & Gas Undesireable Events


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THE UTAH DIVISION OF OIL, GAS AND MINING DOES NOT PROVIDE EMERGENCY RESPONSE FOR UNDESIRABLE EVENTS


ACTIVATE YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE SYSTEM FIRST AS NEEDED

THEREAFTER:

 
MAJOR OIL & GAS EVENTS*
NOTIFY THE UTAH DIVISION OF OIL, GAS AND MINING IMMEDIATELY:
During Office Hours
Call (801) 538-5340
After Hours
Call (801) 243-9466
Required phone calls must be followed by a written report. See "Written Reports" below.

MINOR OIL & GAS EVENTS
Submit a written report within 5 days of the event.
See "Written Reports" below

WRITTEN REPORTS
Following the above phone calls, complete written reports of all undesirable events should be submitted to the division using the Incident Report eForm (via internet) OR on Form 9, Sundry Notices (pdf) OR by using the Incident Report Form (pdf), as soon as conclusive information is available.

NOTE: Operators using the Incident Report eForm 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.

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* Definitions of Major Events:
  • Leaks, breaks or spills which result in the discharge of more than 100 barrels of liquid.
  • Equipment failures or accidents which result in the flaring, venting, or wasting of more than 500 Mcf of gas.
  • Any fire which consumes the volumes shown above.
  • Any spill, venting, or fire, regardless of the volume involved, which occurs in a sensitive area stipulated on the approval notice of the initial APD for a well, e.g., parks, recreation sites, wildlife refuges, lakes, reservoirs, streams, urban or suburban areas.
  • Each accident which involves a fatal injury.
  • Each blowout; loss of control of a well.


Rules

The division shall be notified immediately of all fires, leaks, breaks, spills, blowouts, and other undesirable events occurring at any oil or gas drilling, producing, or transportation facility, or at any injection or disposal facility.

Rule Reference:

Rule R649-3-32 Reporting of Undesirable Events (links to the Division of Administrative Rules web site).


Roles of the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining

The division does not provide emergency response for undesirable events. During an undesirable event, the division's Oil and Gas Program -- so far as possible -- will perform the following roles:
  • Be a central gathering point of information.
  • Provide short-term guidance to operators and citizens.
  • Provide long-term oversight to assure that remediation of the undesirable event is accomplished.


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