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About the Energy Program

The Vernal Field Office oversees energy-related activities on 3.8 million acres of Federal mineral lands (including 1.3 million acres of National Forest Service lands) and post-­lease mineral operations conducted on Indian mineral lands. The Forest Service is responsible for mining claim activities on National Forest Service lands.

Field Office responsibilities include permitting oil and gas wells and subsequent activities, oversight of drilling and production operations, inspection and enforcement, abandonment operations approval, and reservoir management to protect public and Native American interests in oil and gas resources.

Some of the goals are to:
  • improve permitting, authorization, and inspection procedures;
  • form partnerships with members of the mineral industry to enhance environmental awareness and/or operating procedures, and
  • ensure taxpayers, Northern Ute Indian Tribe, and individual indian mineral owners receive a fair return for the use of their mineral resources.
Members of the public, state and other federal agencies can access BLM's public land and minerals record information at The data includes base information on all BLM mineral leases and agreements.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Jerry Kenczka at either 435-781-4440 or by e-mail.

Oil and Gas Operator's Packet

The BLM Vernal Field Office has the responsibility for permitting and oversight of oil and gas wells on Federal and Indian Leases. Here you will find the information needed to complete the Application for Permit to Drill. Also located on this page in the upper right section under Forms are copies of forms to be submitted during the drilling and completion phases.  

For further information or questions regarding the packet please contact the Division of Lands & Mineral Resources at (435) 781-4400.  

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