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The graphs on the left show the rate of growth compared to the earliest year for which we have data -- in most cases 2003. The gray lines represent a theoretical constant annual rate of change. The bar charts on the right show the actual values for each year we have data. For example, in 2011, Utah had 884 new wells drilled.

10 enforcement staff for 11,798 wells in 2011
428 class 2 underground injection wells in 2010, according to the EPA | More »

Wells Drilled: Change Since 2003

Wells Drilled

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
413
413.0
611
611.0
788
788.0
1,026
1026.0
969
969.0
1,237
1237.0
635
635.0
909
909.0
884
884.0

Enforcement Actions: Change Since 2003

Enforcement Actions

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
296
296.0
86
86.0
206
206.0
211
211.0
299
299.0
343
343.0
169
169.0
189
189.0
225
225.0

Oil And Gas Enforcement Staff: Change Since 2003

Oil And Gas Enforcement Staff

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
8
8.0
8
8.0
10
10.0
10
10.0
10
10.0
10
10.0
10
10.0
10
10.0
10
10.0

Oil And Gas Department Budget: Change Since 2003

Oil And Gas Department Budget

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
$1.49M
1488800.0
$1.57M
1573800.0
$1.66M
1657100.0
$2.23M
2228300.0
$2.68M
2679900.0
$2.71M
2705800.0
$2.77M
2773300.0
$2.76M
2755800.0
$2.63M
2633200.0

Total Wells: Change Since 2003

Total Wells

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
5,207
5207.0
5,647
5647.0
6,332
6332.0
7,124
7124.0
7,487
7487.0
8,594
8594.0
8,838
8838.0
11.2K
11201.0
11.8K
11798.0

Notes: Data are for the calendar year. The numbers of wells drilled (completed or abandoned) were provided by the Oil, Gas and Mining Division. Enforcement actions include notices of violation and informal actions, such as phone calls, emails or field visits for minor compliance issues. Enforcement staff reflects the number of inspectors. Total wells include shut-in, injection and producing oil and gas wells and are for state, fee, federal and Indian wells.

BLM Data

In Utah, much of the oil and gas drilling takes place on land that is federally regulated, which can include national parks or Native American reservations. Data provided by the Bureau of Land Management represents wells drilled on that land.

21 enforcement staff for 11,289 wells in 2011

Wells Drilled: Change Since 2003

Wells Drilled

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
277
277.0
383
383.0
547
547.0
756
756.0
766
766.0
788
788.0
728
728.0
955
955.0
1,259
1259.0

Enforcement Actions: Change Since 2010

Enforcement Actions

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. 304
304.0
497
497.0

Oil And Gas Enforcement Staff: Change Since 2010

Oil And Gas Enforcement Staff

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. 17
17.0
21
21.0

Oil And Gas Department Budget: Change Since 2010

Oil And Gas Department Budget

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. $11M
10981508.45
$12M
11977502.45

Total Wells: Change Since 2010

Total Wells

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. 10.5K
10507.0
11.3K
11289.0

Notes: Data are for the fiscal year. Wells drilled are defined as wells spud, or started. Enforcement actions are defined as violations. Enforcement staff includes the inspection and enforcement coordinator, petroleum engineering technicians (PETs), production accountability technicians and supervisory PETs. Total wells are existing wells.