Division of Oil, Gas and Mining Director John Baza received the 2023 Service Award from the Energy & Geoscience Institute (EGI)

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EGI Operations Manager Al Walker presents John Baza with the EGI Service Award.

Mr. Baza has been the director since 2005 and administers the division’s efforts in the areas of petroleum, coal mining, and mineral mining, along with abandoned mine reclamation.

In addition to his responsibilities as director, he also serves as the Official Representative for Governor Spencer Cox of Utah on both the Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC) and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC). He is also a state representative on the national Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC), and he currently serves on the Board of GWPC, having been elected by his peers to Board membership in 2015.