The mission of the Minerals Regulatory Program is to regulate exploration for, and development and reclamation of, non-coal mineral resources of the state in conformance with the Utah Mined Land Reclamation Act, UCA 40-8 in a manner which:
|Dana Dean||Deputy Director - Mining||801-538-5320|
|Vickie Southwick||Executive Secretary - Mining||801-538-5304|
|Paul Baker||ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGER||801-538-5261|
|Penny Berry||Surety Coordinator||801-538-5291|
|Jennifer Bone||Information Specialist||801-538-5308|
|Kim Coburn||Environmental Scientist||801-538-5310|
|John Webster||Environmental Scientist||801-538-5332|
The Minerals Reclamation Program is a Utah state agency which enforces the Utah Mined Land Reclamation Act enacted by the Utah Legislature in 1975. The Minerals Program is within the state Division of Oil, Gas and Mining which is contained within the Department of Natural Resources. The Utah Mined Land Reclamation Act (Act) is found under the Utah Code Title 40, Chapter 8. The purpose of the Act is to ensure all mining operations in the state include plans for reclamation of the lands affected.
The Minerals Program regulates all "mining operations" as defined in the Act. All large mining operations within the state are required to have an approved notice of intention with the Minerals Program prior to beginning operations. Mining operations are broken up into the three categories of: large mine, small mine and exploration under the Minerals Rules.
A large mine is a mining operation which creates more than five acres of surface disturbance. A small mine is a mining operation which creates five acres or less of surface disturbance. An exploration project is an exploratory mining project which has a relatively short life span.
The Act applies to all lands within the state except Military and Indian Reservations. Private/Fee land, patented mining claims, federal land and state owned lands are subject to the Act.
The act defines "mining operation" to mean those activities conducted on the surface of the land for the exploration for, development of, or extraction of a mineral deposit, including , but not limited to, surface mining, and the surface effects of underground and in situ mining, on-site transportation, concentrating, milling, evaporation, and other primary processing.
The Act defines deposit or mineral deposit to mean an accumulation of mineral matter in the form of consolidated rock, unconsolidated material, solutions, or otherwise occurring on the surface, beneath the surface, or in the waters of the land from which any product useful to man may be produced, extracted, or obtained or which is extracted by underground mining methods for underground storage.
Yes. Deposit or mineral deposit excludes sand, gravel, rock aggregate, water, geothermal steam, and oil and gas as defined in Title 40, Chapter 6, but includes oil shale and bituminous sands extracted by mining operations.
All large mining operations must have an approved notice of intention and an approved reclamation surety. All small mining operations must have a complete notice of intention filed with the Division. All exploration projects must have a complete notice of intention filed with the Division.
No. Mining claims are filed with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and with the local County Recorder for the county where the claims are located. The state of Utah currently has no specified requirements for location or corner markers used in staking a claim. Following the state of California requirements for claim markers is suggested.
No. Mineral leases on state lands are managed by the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration. They can be reached by phone at (801) 538-5100. Mineral leases on federal lands are managed by the BLM. Contact the local BLM office for additional information. Mining activity on either type of lease does require submission of a notice or plan to both the lease managing agency and the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining Minerals Program.
Yes. As of July 1998 the Minerals Regulatory Program requires fees for initial submission of an exploration notice, small mine notice or large mine notice. In addition, an annual fee is required beginning the year following the initial submission. These fees go directly into the Minerals Regulatory Program.
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