The Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining was originally established in 1955 as the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The mission of the Division is to regulate the exploration and development of coal, oil and gas, and other minerals in a manner that encourages responsible reclamation and development; protects correlative rights; prevents waste and protects human health and safety, the environment and the interests of the state and its citizens.While demand, technology and pricing have changed dramatically over the past 60 years, our Division’s role and commitment to regulating the industry to protect the public and Utah’s environment has not. The abundant supply of oil, gas and minerals in Utah contribute significantly to the state’s economic benefits and our quality of life.
The Division is committed to the future of oil, gas and mining in Utah. As our population and demand for energy resources increase, we will continue to ensure responsible resource development, protect the public’s safety, and preserve the environment while permitting access to affordable and reliable energy sources for future generations.
As a regulatory agency, the Division oversees and manages four distinct programs, including Coal, Mineral Mining, Oil and Gas and Abandoned Mine Reclamation.