Bears Ears national monument map and data

Very Little Energy Potential within Bears Ears National Monument

Salt Lake City (Dec. 4, 2017) – According to studies completed by the Utah Geological Survey, the Bears Ears National Monument (BENM) as originally designated does not hold significant energy development potential. The vast majority of energy potential resides outside the monument boundary.

Water resevoir photo for report reviews

Report Reviews Saline Waste Water from Oil and Gas Fields

Salt Lake City (Nov. 29, 2017) — Oil and gas fields in the Uinta Basin of eastern Utah typically produce about 30 million barrels of oil and 325 billion cubic feet of natural gas annually. The hydrocarbon production also generates over 100 million barrels of saline non-potable water which requires disposal.

Chris Keleher up in the mountains during a hike

DNR to Appoint New Species Recovery Program Director

Salt Lake City (Nov. 27, 2017) – Mike Styler, executive director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR), has named Christopher Keleher as the department’s new species recovery program director. Keleher will assume his new position Jan. 1

side view of Moqui Marbles

Uniquely Utah: Moqui Marbles

Moqui marbles are small, brownish-black balls comprised of iron oxide and sandstone that formed underground when iron minerals precipitated from flowing groundwater. They occur in many places in southern Utah