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R850. School and Institutional Trust Lands, Administration.
Rule R850-21. Oil, Gas and Hydrocarbon Resources.
As in effect on August 1, 2019
Table of Contents
- R850-21-100. Authorities.
- R850-21-150. Planning.
- R850-21-175. Definitions.
- R850-21-200. Classification of Oil, Gas and Hydrocarbons.
- R850-21-300. Lease Application Process.
- R850-21-400. Availability of Lands for Lease Issuance.
- R850-21-500. Lease Provisions.
- R850-21-600. Transfer by Assignment or Operation of Law.
- R850-21-700. Plan of Operations and Reclamation.
- R850-21-800. Bonding.
- R850-21-1000. Multiple Mineral Development (MMD) Area Designation.
- Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment
- Notice of Continuation
- Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law
This rule implements Sections 6, 8, 10, and 12 of the Utah Enabling Act, Articles X and XX of the Utah Constitution, and Utah Code Title 53C et seq. which authorize the Director of the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration to establish rules for the issuance of oil, gas and hydrocarbon leases and which govern the management of trust-owned lands and oil, gas and hydrocarbon resources.
Pursuant to Subsection 53C-2-201(1)(a), this category of activity carries no planning obligations by the agency beyond existing rule-based analysis and approval processes. Oil, gas and hydrocarbon development activities are regulated by UDOGM pursuant to Utah Administrative Code Rule R649.
Except as specifically defined below, the definitions set forth at R850-1-200 shall be applicable. The following words and terms, when used in Section R850-21, shall have the following meanings:
1. Anniversary Date: the same day and month in succeeding years as the effective date of the lease.
2. Assignment(s): a transfer of all or a portion of the lessee's record title or operating rights in a lease.
(a) Mass Assignment: an assignment that affects two or more leases and identifies the leases affected thereby on an attached exhibit to the assignment.
(b) Non-leasehold Assignment: an assignment that transfers an interest in a lease that is not record title or operating rights, for example, but not limited to, overriding royalty, net profits, or other production payments.
3. Certification of Net Revenue Interest: a written declaration of oath to the agency that must accompany assignments of record title or operating rights in leases issued beginning April 1, 2005, certifying that the total net revenue interest (NRI) in the lease has not been reduced to less than 80 percent of 100 percent NRI.
4. Designated Operator: the person or entity that has been granted authority through a Designation of Operator form to conduct operations on the lease or a portion thereof.
5. Diligent Operations: the continuation of drilling or re-working operations in the secondary term of the lease which are prosecuted in a timely and good and workmanlike manner to establish production or restore production of leased substances. Diligent Operations may include cessations of operations which do not exceed ninety (90) days in duration or a cumulative period in excess of one hundred eighty (180) days in a lease year without prior agency approval.
6. Effective Date: the date as defined in the lease.
7. Gas Well: a well capable of producing volumes exceeding 100,000 cubic feet of gas to each barrel of oil from the same producing horizon where both oil and gas are produced; or, a well producing gas only from a formation or producing horizon.
8. Lease Year: the twelve-month period commencing at 12:01 a.m. on the month and day of the effective date of the lease and ending at midnight on the last day of the twelfth month.
9. Minimum Royalty: the minimum amount of money payable to the agency which accrues beginning in the first year of the secondary term of the lease or after first production is obtained. The amount due is calculated on the difference, if any, between the amount of the minimum royalty specified in the lease and the actual royalty paid from production in the lease year.
10. Operating Rights Interest: the interest or contractual obligation created out of a lease that authorizes the operating rights interest owner to enter upon the leased land to conduct drilling, production and other related operations. Operating rights interest may be stratigraphically limited.
11. Other Business Arrangement (OBA): an agreement entered into between the agency and a person or entity consistent with Section 53C-2-401-(1)(d)(ii)and approved by the Board of Trustees. By way of example, but not of limitation, OBAs may be for joint ventures, farmout agreements, exploration agreements, or other agreements for the disposition of hydrocarbon deposits on trust lands.
12. Paying Quantities: unless otherwise defined in the lease, production that allows the lessee to realize a profit after deducting taxes, the agency's royalty, and the cost of the operations.
13. Record Title Interest: the primary ownership of a lease that includes the obligation to pay rentals, the rights to assign or relinquish a lease, and the ultimate responsibility to the agency for obligations under the lease. Record title interest to a lease may not be stratigraphically limited.
14. Rental: a sum of money as prescribed in the lease payable annually in advance to the agency on or before midnight on the last day of the lease year.
15. Shut-in Gas Well: a gas well that is physically capable of producing gas in paying quantities that cannot be marketed at a reasonable price due to lack of market or transportation facilities, the status of which has been confirmed through the filing of a completion report or other documentation with UDOGM.
16. Shut-in Gas Well Payment: beginning at the commencement of the secondary term of the lease, the amount of money accruing and payable to the agency, in addition to other obligations defined in the lease, when gas is not being sold or marketed from the lease for a shut-in gas well.
17. Spud: the first boring of a hole in the drilling of a well and continuation of operations until surface casing is set.
18. UDOGM: the Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining of the Department of Natural Resources of the State of Utah.
Oil, gas and hydrocarbon leases may cover oil; natural gas, including gas producible from coal formations or associated with coal-bearing formations; natural gas liquids; other hydrocarbons (whether the same is found in solid, semi-solid, liquid, vaporous, or any other form); sulfur; helium; and other gases not individually described. The oil, gas and hydrocarbon category shall not include coal, oil shale, asphaltic-bituminous sands or gilsonite.
1. The agency may issue leases competitively, non-competitively or enter into OBAs with qualified applicants as set forth in R850-3-200 for the development of oil, gas and hydrocarbon resources.
2. Competitive Leasing.
The director may designate lands for bidding by electronic means as a vehicle for competitive leasing. Electronic bidding may be in addition to, or in place of, the bidding processes set out at Section 53C-2-407 at the discretion of the director. A list of available land and a link to the bidding form and procedure will be provided at the agency website.
(a) Competitive Bid Offering: when the agency designates lands for competitive bidding, it shall award leases on the basis of the highest bonus bid per acre made by a responsible, qualified bidder.
(b) Minimum Bonus Bid Amount: the minimum acceptable bonus bid for competitive bid offering for leases shall not be less than $1.00 per acre or fractional acre thereof, as set by the director.
(c) Notice of Offering: notices of the offering of lands for competitive bid shall:
(i) run for a period of not less than fifteen (15) consecutive days after the notice is posted in the agency's office or online;
(ii) provide the legal description of the land;
(iii) state the last day on which bids may be received.
(d) Identical Bids: in the case of identical successful bids, the agency may award the lease by public drawing or oral auction between the identical bidders, held at the agency's offices.
(e) Awarding of Leases: the winning bid shall be disclosed in the agency's office at 10 a.m. on the first business day following the last day on which bids may be received.
3. Non-Competitive Leasing.
(i) the director may designate lands for non-competitive leasing if the lands have been offered in a competitive offering and have received no bids. Designated lands may be offered for a period of three (3) months from the date the competitive sale closed for which no bids were received. The procedure for non-competitive leasing will be posted on the agency website.
(ii) where two or more applications for the same lease contain identical successful bids, the agency may award the lease by public drawing or oral auction between the identical bidders held at the agency's office.
4. Other Business Arrangement.
(i) the agency may, with board approval, enter into joint ventures, farmout agreements, exploration agreements, or other agreements for the development of oil, gas and hydrocarbon resources if the agency deems it is in the best interest of the trust to do so.
(ii) The application for an OBA must be written and directed to the Assistant Director for Oil and Gas for review on a case-by-case basis.
1. A lease shall not be issued for lands comprising less than a quarter-quarter section or surveyed lot, unless the land the agency owns is less than the whole of a quarter-quarter section or surveyed lot, in which case the lease will be issued only on the entire area owned by the agency.
2. Leases shall be limited to no more than 2560 acres or four sections and must all be located within the same township and range, unless a waiver is approved by the director.
The following provisions, terms and conditions shall apply to all leases granted by the agency:
1. Rentals and Credits.
(a) The rental rate shall not be for less than $1 per acre, or fractional acre thereof, per year, at the time the lease is offered.
(b) The minimum annual rental on any lease, regardless of the amount of acreage, shall in no case be less than $500.00.
(c) Rental payments must be received on or before the end of the lease year notwithstanding R850-5-200(3), unless otherwise stated in the lease.
(d) Any overpayment may, at the option of the agency, be credited toward the lease account.
(e) The agency may accept lease payments made by any party provided, however, that the acceptance of such payment(s) shall not be deemed to be recognition by the agency of any interest of the payee in the lease. Ultimate responsibility for such payments remains with the record title interest owner.
(f) Rental credits, if any, shall be governed by the terms of the lease which provide for such credits.
2. Continuance of a Lease After Expiration of the Primary Term.
Unless otherwise provided in the lease, a lease shall be continued after the primary term has expired so long as:
(a) the leased substance is being produced in paying quantities from the leased trust lands or from other lands pooled, communitized or unitized therewith, and lessee pays the annual minimum royalty set out in the lease; or
(b) the agency determines that the lessee or designated operator is engaged in diligent operations which are determined by the director to be reasonably calculated to restore production of the leased substance from the leased trust lands or from other lands pooled, communitized or unitized therewith, and lessee pays the annual minimum royalty set out in the lease; or
(c) subject to the requirements of R850-21-500(4), if the leased trust lands, or lands pooled therewith, contain a shut in gas well capable of producing paying quantities and lessee makes all payments required by the lease.
3. Pooling, Communitization or Unitization of Leases.
(a) Upon prior written authorization of the director, lessee may commit the leased trust lands or portions of such lands to units, or cooperative or other plans of development under such conditions as the director may prescribe.
(b) The director may, with the consent of the lessee, modify any term of a lease for lands that are committed to a unit, or cooperative or other plan of development.
(c) Production allocated to the leased trust lands under the terms of a unit, or cooperative or other plan of development shall be considered produced from the leased lands whether or not the point of production is located on the leased trust lands.
(d) Lease payments for leases included in any unit, cooperative or other plans of development shall be at the rate specified in the lease, subject to change at the discretion of the director or as may be prescribed in the terms of the lease.
(e) For active leases in a validated federal or state unit as of the effective date of these Rules that are either contracted out of such unit or upon unit termination which occurs before January 1, 2021, the agency will:
(i) grant a one-time, two (2) year extension from the date the lease was eliminated from the unit either by contraction or unit termination and so long thereafter as the leased substances are produced in paying quantities, or
(ii) continue the lease to the end of its primary term, whichever is longer.
4. Shut-in Gas Wells Producing Gas in Paying Quantities.
(a) To qualify as a shut-in gas well capable of producing in paying quantities:
(i) if the well is a new well, the operator must have filed with UDOGM a completion form or other documentation verifying that the well is capable of production in paying quantities, and if the well is an existing well, the operator must have obtained an approval of shut-in status from UDOGM; and
(ii) the lessee shall have complied with the lease terms providing the basis upon which the minimum royalty is to be paid for a shut-in gas well.
(b) The director may, at any time, require written justification from the lessee that the well qualifies as a shut-in gas well.
(c) A shut-in gas well will not extend a lease more than five (5) years beyond the original primary term of the lease unless otherwise extended at the discretion of the director.
5. Oil/Condensate/Gas/Natural Gas Liquids Reporting and Records Retention.
(a) Notwithstanding the terms of the lease, gas and natural gas liquid report payments are required to be received by the agency on or before the last day of the second month succeeding the month of production.
(b) The extension of payment and reporting time for gas and NGLs does not alter the payment and reporting time for oil and condensate royalty which must be received by the agency on or before the last day of the calendar month succeeding the month of production.
(c) Records of production, sales, transportation, and all other documents pertaining to the calculation of royalties shall be maintained for seven (7) years after the records are generated unless the director notifies the record holder that an audit has been initiated or an investigation begun involving such records. When so notified, records shall be maintained until the director releases the record holder of the obligation to maintain such records.
6. Other Lease Provisions.
(a) Any lease may be terminated by the agency in whole or in part upon lessee's failure to comply with any lease term, covenant or any applicable law or agency rule. Subject to the terms of any lease issued hereunder, any final agency action is appealable pursuant to R850-8-1000, in accordance with the provisions of the rules of the agency.
(b) When the agency approves the amendment of an existing lease by substituting a new lease form for the existing form, the amended lease will retain the effective date of the original lease.
(c) The agency may require, in addition to the lease provisions required by these rules, any other reasonable provisions to be included in the lease as it deems necessary but which do not substantially impair the lessee's rights under the lease.
1. Record Title or Operating Rights Transfer by Assignment. Any lease may be assigned as to all or part of the acreage, to any person, firm, association, or corporation qualified to hold a lease provided, however that:
(a) record title or operating rights assignments must be approved by the director. No record title or operating rights assignment is effective until approval is given.
(b) Any attempted or purported assignment of record title or operating rights made without approval by the director is void.
2. Non-leasehold assignments. Non-leasehold assignments of overriding royalty interests must be filed with the agency for record keeping purposes only. Other non-leasehold interest assignments may be filed with the agency for record keeping purposes only.
3. Requirements for Assignments.
(a) An assignment of either a record title or operating rights interest in a lease must:
(i) be expressed in a good and sufficient written legal instrument;
(ii) be properly executed, acknowledged and clearly set forth:
(A) the serial number of the lease;
(B) the land involved;
(C) the name and address of the assignee;
(D) the name of the assignor;
(E) the interest transferred;
(F) interest retained, if any; and
(G) a certification of net revenue interest, if applicable.
(b) Lessees who are assigning a record title or operating rights interest shall:
(i) prepare and fully execute the assignments, complete with acknowledgments;
(ii) require that all assignees execute the acceptance of assignment; and
(iii) submit the prescribed assignment fee.
(c) If approval of any assignment of record title or operating rights is withheld by the director, the assignee shall be notified of such decision and its basis. Any decision to withhold approval may be appealed pursuant to R850-8 or any similar rule in place at the time of such decision.
(d) An assignment shall be effective following approval by the director. The assignor or surety, if any, shall continue to be responsible for performance of any and all obligations as if the assignment had not been executed until approval by the director. After approval by the director, the assignee is bound by the terms of the lease to the same extent as if the assignee were the original lessee, any conditions in the assignment to the contrary notwithstanding; provided, however, that the approved record title interest owner(s) shall retain ultimate responsibility to the agency for all lease obligations.
(e) An assignment of an undivided 100% record title interest in less than the total acreage covered by the lease shall cause a segregation of the assigned and retained portions. Segregated leases shall continue in full force and effect for the primary term of the original lease or as further extended pursuant to the terms of the lease. The agency may re-issue a lease with a new lease number covering the assigned lands. The agency may, in lieu of re-issuing a lease, note the assignment in its records with all lands covered by the original lease maintained with the original lease number and with each separate tract or interest resulting from an assignment with an additional identifying designation to the original number.
(f) Any assignment of record title or operating rights affecting leases issued beginning April 1, 2005, which would create a cumulative royalty and other non-working interest burdens in excess of twenty percent (20%) thereby reducing the net revenue interest in the lease to less than eighty percent (80%) net revenue interest shall not be approved by the agency. The agency reserves the right to void any assignment in which the certification of net revenue interest is found to be false and the assignment results in an aggregate burden in excess of 20% including the agency's retained royalty.
(g) Mass assignments are allowed, provided the requirements set forth in R850-21-600(3) are met.
(h) To the extent a legal foreclosure upon interests in leases occurs under the terms of a mortgage, deed of trust or other agreement, assignments must be prepared as set forth in this section and filed with and approved by the agency.
(i) The agency by approving an assignment does not adjudicate the validity of any assignment as it may affect third parties. Agency approval does not estop the agency from challenging any assignment which is later adjudicated by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or ineffectual.
4. Transfer by Operation of Law.
(a) Death: if an applicant or lessee dies, his/her rights shall be transferred to the heirs or devisees of the estate, as appropriate, upon filing of:
(i) a certified copy of the death certificate, together with other appropriate documentation to verify change of ownership as required under Section 75-1-101 et seq., such as a court order determining intestate heirs or letters testamentary and a deed by the personal representative of the estate;
(ii) a list containing the serial number of each lease interest affected;
(iii) a statement that the transferee(s) is a qualified interest owner;
(iv) a required filing fee for each separate lease in which an interest is transferred; and
(v) a bond rider or replacement bond for any bond(s) previously furnished by the decedent.
(b) Corporate Merger: if a corporate merger affects any interest in a lease, no assignment of any affected lease is required. A notification of the merger, together with a certified copy of the certificate of merger issued by the Utah Department of Commerce, shall be furnished to the agency, together with a list by serial number of all lease interests affected. The required filing fee must be paid for each separate lease in which an interest is affected. A bond rider or replacement bond conditioned to cover the obligations of all affected corporations will be required as a prerequisite to recognition of the merger.
(c) Corporate Name Change: if a change of name of a corporate lessee affects any interest in a lease, the notice of name change shall be submitted in writing with a certificate from the Utah Department of Commerce evidencing its recognition of the name change accompanied by a list of lease serial numbers affected by the name change. The required filing fee must be paid for each separate lease in which an interest is affected. A bond rider or replacement bond, conditioned to cover the obligations of all affected corporations, is required as a prerequisite to recognition of the name change.
1. Prior to conducting any operations that may disturb the surface of lands contained in a lease, the lessee or designated operator shall submit for approval simultaneously to the agency and to UDOGM, a plan of operations and must receive the approval of the plan by both agencies. Said plan shall include, at a minimum, all proposed access and infrastructure locations and proposed site reclamation. Prior to approval, the agency may require the lessee or designated operator to adopt a special rehabilitation program for the particular property in question. The agency will review any request for drilling operations and will grant approval provided that the contemplated location and operations are not in violation of any rules or order of the agency. Agency approval of the plan of operations for oil, gas or hydrocarbon resources is required prior to approval by UDOGM, unless otherwise waived in writing to UDOGM by the agency.
2. Prior to approval of the plan of operations, the agency shall require the lessee or designated operator to:
(a) provide when requested, a cultural, paleontological or biological survey on lands under an oil, gas and hydrocarbon lease, including providing the agency a copy of any survey(s) required by other governmental agencies; and
(b) when requested, provide for reasonable mitigation of impacts to other trust resources occasioned by surface or sub-surface operations on the lease; and
(c) negotiate with the agency a surface use agreement, right-of-way agreement, or other agreement for trust lands other than the leased lands where the use of said lands is necessary for the development of the lease.
3. During drilling operations, lessee or designated operator shall keep a log of geologic data accumulated or acquired by the lessee or designated operator about the land described in the lease and will deposit any geological data related to exploration drill holes with the agency upon request.
4. Oil and gas drilling, or other operations which disturb the surface of the leased lands shall require surface rehabilitation of the disturbed area as prescribed and as required by the rules and regulations administered by the agency and UDOGM.
All pits, excavations, roads and pads shall be shaped to facilitate drainage and control erosion by following the best management practices. In no case shall the pits or excavations be allowed to become a hazard to persons or livestock. All material removed from the disturbed area shall be stockpiled and be used to fill the pits and for leveling and reclamation of roads and pads, unless consent of the agency to do otherwise is obtained. At the termination of the lease, the land will as nearly as practicable approximate its original configuration. All drill holes must be plugged in accordance with rules promulgated by UDOGM. All mud pits shall be filled and materials and debris removed from the site.
All topsoil in the affected area shall be removed, stockpiled, and stabilized on the leased trust lands until the completion of operations. Upon reclamation, the stockpiled topsoil will be redistributed on the affected area and the land revegetated as prescribed by the agency.
5. All lessees or designated operators shall be responsible for compliance with all laws, notification requirements, and operating rules promulgated by UDOGM with regard to oil, gas and hydrocarbon exploration, or drilling on lands within the state of Utah under The Oil and Gas Conservation Act (Section 40-6-1 et seq.). Lessees or designated operators shall fully comply with all the rules or requirements of other agencies having jurisdiction and provide timely notifications of operations plans, well completion reports, or other information as may be requested or required by the agency.
1. Bond Obligations.
(a) Prior to commencement of any operations which will disturb the surface of the land covered by a lease, the lessee or designated operator shall post with UDOGM a bond in a form and in the amount set forth in R649-3-1 et seq or any successor rule.
(b) A separate bond shall be posted with the agency by the lessee or the designated operator to assure compliance with remaining terms and conditions of the lease not covered by the bond to be filed with UDOGM, including, but not limited to payment of royalties.
(c) These bonds shall be in effect even if the lessee or designated operator has conveyed all or part of the leasehold interest to an assignee(s) or subsequent operator(s), until the bonds are released by UDOGM and the agency either because the lessee or designated operator has fully satisfied bonding obligations set forth in this section or the bond is replaced with a new bond posted by an assignee or designated operator.
(d) Bonds held by the agency shall be in the form and subject to the requirements set forth herein:
(i) Surety Bonds.
Surety bonds shall be issued by a qualified surety company, approved by the agency and registered in the state of Utah. Surety company must maintain an A credit rating. Lessee or designated operator has thirty (30) days to cure a devalued rating, or lessee or designated operator will not be allowed to continue to work on the leased trust lands until a new surety bond has been filed and accepted by the agency;
(ii) Personal Bonds.
Personal bonds shall be accompanied by:
(A) a cash deposit to the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration. The agency will not be responsible for any investment returns on cash deposits; or
(B) a cashier's check or certified check made payable to the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration; or
(C) negotiable certificates of deposit. The certificates shall be issued by a federally insured bank authorized to do business in Utah. The certificates shall be made payable or assigned only to the agency both in writing and upon the records of the bank issuing the certificate. The certificates shall be placed in the possession of the agency or held by a federally insured bank authorized to do business in Utah. If assigned, the agency shall require the banks issuing the certificates to waive all rights of setoff or liens against those certificates; or
(D) an irrevocable letter of credit. Letters of credit shall be issued by a federally insured bank authorized to do business in Utah and will be irrevocable during their terms. Letters of credit shall be placed in the possession of and payable upon demand only to the agency. Letters of credit shall be automatically renewable or the operator shall ensure continuous bond coverage by replacing letters of credit, if necessary, at least thirty (30) days before their expiration date with other acceptable bond types or letters of credit; or
(E) any other type of surety approved by the agency.
2. Bond Amounts.
The bond amount required for an oil, gas and hydrocarbon exploration project to be held by the agency for those lease obligations not covered by the bond held by UDOGM shall be:
(a) a statewide blanket bond in the minimum amount of $15,000 covering exploration and production operations on all agency leases held by lessee; or
(b) a project bond covering an individual, single-well exploration project involving one or more leases. The amount of the project bond will be determined by the agency at the time lessee gives notice of proposed operations. This bond shall not be less than $5,000.
3. Bond Default.
(a) Where, upon default, the surety makes a payment to the agency of an obligation incurred under the terms of a lease, the face of the bond and surety's liability shall be reduced by the amount of such payment.
(b) After default, where the obligation in default equals or is less than the face amount of the bond(s), the lessee or designated operator shall either post a new bond, restore the existing bond to the amount previously held, or post an adjusted amount as determined by the agency. Alternatively, the lessee or designated operator shall make full payment to the agency for all obligations incurred that are in excess of the face amount of the bond and shall post a new bond in the amount previously held or such other amount as determined by the agency. Operations shall be discontinued until the restoration of a bond or posting of a new bond occurs. Failure to comply with these requirements may subject all leases covered by such bond(s) to be cancelled by the agency.
(c) The agency will not give consent to termination of the period of liability of any bond unless an acceptable replacement bond has been filed or until all terms and conditions of the lease have been met.
(d) Any lessee or designated operator forfeiting a bond will be denied approval of any future oil, gas or hydrocarbon exploration on agency lands except by compensating the agency for previous defaults and posting the full bond amount for reclamation or lease performance on subsequent operations as determined by the agency.
4. Bonds may be increased at any time in reasonable amounts as the agency may order, providing the agency first gives lessee thirty (30) days written notice stating the amount of the increase and the reason for the increase.
5. The agency may waive the filing of a bond for any period during which a bond that meets the requirements of this section is on file with another agency.
1. The agency may designate any land under its authority as a multiple mineral development area. In designated multiple mineral development areas the agency may require, in addition to all other terms and conditions of the lease, that the lessee furnish a bond or evidence of financial responsibility as specified by the agency, to assure that the agency and other lessees shall be indemnified and held harmless from and against unreasonable and all unnecessary damage to mineral deposits or improvements caused by the conduct of the lessee on trust lands. Lessee shall give written notice to all oil, gas and hydrocarbon and other mineral lessees holding a lease for any mineral commodity within the multiple mineral development area. Thereafter, in order to preserve the value of mineral resources the agency may impose any reasonable requirements upon any oil, gas and hydrocarbon or other mineral lessee who intends to conduct any mineral activity within the multiple mineral development area. The lessee is required to submit to the agency in advance written notice of any activities to occur within the multiple mineral development area and any other information that the agency may request. All activities within the multiple mineral development area are to be deferred until the agency has specified the terms and conditions under which the mineral activity is to occur and has granted specific permission to conduct the activity. The agency may hold public meetings regarding mineral development within the multiple mineral development area.
2. The agency may grant a lease extension under a multiple mineral development area designation, providing that the lessee or designated operator requests an extension to the agency prior to the lease expiration date, and that the lessee or designated operator would have otherwise been able to request a lease extension as provided in Section 53C-2-405(4).
oil gas and hydrocarbons, administrative procedures, lease provisions, operations
June 1, 2019
April 1, 2015
53C-1-302(1)(a)(ii); 53C-2 et seq.
For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R850, please contact the promulgating agency (School and Institutional Trust Lands, Administration). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.