News and Announcements...
EXECUTIVE ORDER ON GREATER SAGE-GROUSE
The “Conservation Plan for Greater Sage-grouse in Utah” was issued in February 2013 with the goal to protect, maintain, improve and enhance sage-grouse populations and habitats within Utah’s 11 sage-grouse management areas (SGMA’s). Thereafter, Governor Herbert’s Executive Order “Implementing the Utah Conservation Plan for Greater Sage-grouse” was approved in February 2015, wherein DOGM shall coordinate with the Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) on all regulatory actions proposed for issuance within the SGMA’s. Also, DOGM shall implement the recommendations of DWR subject to the statutory requirements to avoid waste of the mineral resource and protect correlative rights on private property. The Oil & Gas Program will invite DWR to participate in the onsite pre-drill evaluation for proposed locations within SGMA’s.
- Conservation Plan
- Executive Order
- SGMA Maps
NOTICE TO WELL OPERATORS -
REPORT OF WATER ENCOUNTERED DURING DRILLING DUE UPON WELL COMPLETION (7/13/2015)
This is a reminder to well operators that they must submit a Report of Water Encountered During Drilling, Form 7, along with their Well Completion Report, Form 8, for all wells drilled in Utah. Click here to learn more.
UTAH OIL PRODUCTION UP IN 2014, NATURAL GAS DOWN AGAIN (7/13/2015)
Production reports collected by the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining for 2014 reveal that oil production continued an upward trend while natural gas production fell for the second year in a row. Crude oil production rose to 40,897,000 barrels (one barrel equals 42 U.S. gallons). This was a 16.9% increase from 2013 and the highest production level since 1985. Meanwhile, natural gas production dropped 3.6% from the previous year to 453,214,000 mcf (one mcf equals one thousand cubic feet). At the end of the year, there were approximately 12,300 producing wells in the state. Click here to view more Utah oil and gas statistics.
IMPROVEMENTS TO FRAC FOCUS WEBSITE ANNOUNCED
BY GROUND WATER PROTECTION COUNCIL
AND INTERSTATE OIL & GAS COMPACT COMMISSION (3/10/2015)
Utah Rule R649-3-39 became effective November 1, 2012. The rule requires all oil and gas operators to report the amount and type of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations to the national registry website, "FracFocus". The Ground Water Protection Council and Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission have announced that improvements are being made to the site. click here to learn more.
OPERATORS MUST REPORT
ALL HYDRAULIC FRACTURING DETAIL TO FRAC FOCUS (5/15/2014)
The Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining approved a hydraulic fracturing rule which became effective 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. The rule can be reviewed by clicking here. To read Associate Director John Roger's Notice to Operators, click here.
HYDRAULIC FRACTURING - What Is It? (2/8/2012)
There are a lot of stories in the media these days about hydraulic fracturing - a method used for nearly 65 years to increase production in oil and natural gas wells. Here are a few websites that will help you learn more about this process:
- FracFocus (Ground Water Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission)
- Energy in Depth (Independent Petroleum Association of America)
- Hydraulic Fracturing (American Petroleum Institute)
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