Message from Director John Baza – Fall 2019

Director, John Baza

The Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining’s (OGM) Oil and Gas Program recently underwent a legislative audit completed by the Office of the Legislative Auditor General. Audit results, as well as the division’s response are available at OGM.Utah.Gov/Audit.

In an effort to sustain a culture of compliance, the division has created an action plan to improve regulatory responsibilities, prioritization, oversight of inspections and financial management. The actions will allow for better enforcement, refine program and employee performance metrics and update existing administrative bonding rules as recommended by the audit.

We are taking this audit very seriously. It has been a painful process to see where we have fallen short, but we are dedicated to improving our leadership, culture and expectations. Utahns need to know that we are protecting public safety and the environment while performing our jobs as oil and gas regulators. This audit gives us guidance on how to better fulfill that mission.

The Division is grateful for the time and effort the Legislative Auditor’s Office put into identifying opportunities for improvement within our Oil and Gas Program.


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