In our efforts to address COVID- 19 and per direction from the Governor's Office, the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining is implementing teleworking where possible. If you have business with the Division, please call or email before coming in to make sure necessary staff is available. If you need to leave a message, staff will get back to you as soon as possible. We are taking all steps necessary to ensure we provide the same level of service, while protecting the health and well-being of our staff. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.
During the stay-at-home directives from Governor Herbert and Mayor Mendenhall, any submittals or correspondence should be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to the lead inspector.
If you would like to submit a permit fee or fine payment over the phone with a credit card, please call 385-332-1740 or you can submit payments online at https://secure.utah.gov/cart/DOGM_PROG/products.html. Please be prepared with the mine permit number. Sureties cannot be submitted by credit card.
House Bill 294 and Senate Bill 131 recently passed the Utah State Legislature and have been signed by Governor Herbert. HB 294 exempts basalt mines with fewer than 50 acres of disturbance from regulation under the Utah Mined Land Reclamation Act. Basalt mines with 50 or more acres of disturbance are still regulated by the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining. SB 131 increases the size of small mines from 10 to 20 acres in unincorporated areas and from 5 to 10 acres in incorporated areas. The Division is working to update the administrative rules (R647) and small mine forms to reflect these changes.
The minerals program regulates non-coal mining operations in the state of Utah with a few exceptions, as noted in Utah Administrative Code R647.
The minerals program staff works to ensure reclamation standards can be achieved after mining has been completed. The staff oversees the many large mining operations, including the Bingham Canyon copper mine and the unique Topaz beryllium mine, and many small mine and exploration operations.
Staff verifies that mine operators follow their plans for mining and reclamation, including mining within permit boundaries and protecting public safety and the environment. The Division holds reclamation bonds to ensure the future reclamation of mine sites.
There are over 200 different minerals mined in Utah, which include the base and precious metals of copper, magnesium, gold, silver and beryllium. Utah also produces many industrial minerals, such as potash, crushed stone, salt, lime, phosphate, gilsonite and gypsum, and unconventional fuels including oil shale and oil sand. Currently there are approximately 600 permitted mineral operations statewide.
Changes to R647-1 to R647-5
The changes have been made by going through the rulemaking process with the intention of clearing up the definition of suspension.
Utah Updated Greater Sage Grouse Conservation Plan
You can review the updated Conservation Plan for Greater Sage-Grouse in Utah here:
The plan will guide the management of greater sage grouse in Utah for the next five years. Governor Herbert authorized the first version of the plan in 2013. Since then, the plan has led countless state, federal and private partners in conserving greater sage grouse in Utah. Statewide populations have thrived as a result.
In 2017 and 2018, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, in coordination with the governor’s Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office, worked with a broad group of stakeholders to review the plan and recommend further improvements. Governor Herbert says the updated plan incorporates new science, knowledge and key lessons learned, while building on the progress made under the past plan. With the ongoing commitment and collaboration of the state of Utah and its many conservation partners, including private landowners, the plan gives Utah a new chapter in sage grouse conservation.
The Division of Oil, Gas and Mining, as a branch of the Department of Natural Resources is required to coordinate the implementation of this plan when permitting activities that affect sage-grouse populations within the sage-grouse management areas. The Utah Minerals Regulatory program has been consistent in applying rule R647-4-109.5 which requires mitigation for effects to threatened and endangered species.
The Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining is accepting nominations for the 2021 Environmental Excellence Awards now through Wednesday, February 19. Environmental Excellence Awards recognize operators who go above and beyond what is required by regulation. Innovations in environmental technology, environmental improvement to active mine sites, outstanding final reclamation projects, and community outreach are eligible for consideration.