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About UPA

The Utah Petroleum Association (UPA) is comprised of companies from every segment of the petroleum industry who work cooperatively to resolve mutual problems and provide a unified voice for the advancement and improvement of the oil and gas industry in Utah. UPA was founded in 1958 and continues today as the voice of Utah's oil and natural gas industries. We seek to promote the responsible development of Utah's vast natural resources and the manufacture of fuels that keep Utah families and businesses moving.

Join Us In Our Efforts

We invite you to join UPA, become a Member, and unite your efforts and support behind an organization that continually strives to maintain and better the business environment for the petroleum industry in Utah. UPA's Membership includes companies involved in Upstream, Midstream and Downstream activities as well as service companies providing support to the industry. By joining UPA, you're helping stem the avalanche of local, state and federal laws and regulations that threaten to stifle responsible development in Utah. You're also helping us get the positive message out to communities regarding who we are as an industry and how what we're doing can be a social and economic boon for their citizens. We need your support to continue and increase these critically important efforts.

Mission

UPA's mission is to promote and support the oil and gas industry in Utah and the advancement of the interests of our Member Companies. We work to unite and focus the efforts of the industry to maintain a healthy business climate in the State and ensure a fair and predictable legislative and regulatory environment that allows us to operate and be successful. We also strive to educate and be a resource for the public to better understand the petroleum industry and value of having the industry in Utah and importance of the energy and products we produce.

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Government Affairs

Advocating industry positions and issues before Utah's legislature, executive branch, local governments, and other policy makers.
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Public Relations

Acting as industry spokesman with the public and media on the broad range of issues and concerns affecting the State's petroleum industry.
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Regulatory Advocacy

Bringing industry together to understand and unite on proposed regulations and advocating industry's position with key regulatory agencies.
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Community Outreach

Reaching out to the public through messaging, speaking and events to get feedback, respond to questions and educate in communities where we operate.
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Networking

Providing opportunites through meetings, golf tournaments, seminars and other events to get to know and interact with other industry members.
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Industry Information

Compiling and maintaining up-to-date and timely industry news and information to help keep you and your company informed of emerging issues.

Staff

Lee J. Peacock

President
10714 S. Jordan Gateway
Suite 160
South Jordan, UT. 84095
(o) 801-619-6680
(c) 801-364-1510

Jennette King

Administrative Assistant
10714 S. Jordan Gateway
Suite 160
South Jordan, UT. 84095
(o) 801-619-6680
(c) 801-703-4444

  • As of 2015, Utah ranks 11th nationally in oil production and 12th among states in natural gas production.
  • There are currently 141 operating refineries in the United States with 5 located in Utah. Utah refineries produced over 36 million barrels (1.5 billion gallons) of motor gasoline in 2015 and over 19 million barrels (798 million gallons) of distillate fuel (diesel).
  • Well completions in Utah (both oil and gas) have declined dramatically over recent years as commodity prices plummeted and have stayed low. There were 1243 completions in 2008, 925 in 2014 and only 305 in 2015.
  • Duchesne (46%), Uintah (34%) and San Juan (12%) Counties accounted for 92% of oil production in Utah in 2015. The balance was produced collectively from Sevier, Grand, Summit, Carbon and Emery Counties.
  • The ratio of oil wells drilled in Utah versus natural gas wells has shifted significantly over recent years as commodity prices have affected company's drilling programs. In 2008, only 28% of wells drilled were for oil while in 2014, 76% of all wells drilled were primarily seeking oil.
  • Wages for energy-related jobs are nearly double the average annual wage for all employment in Utah.
  • In 2015 petroleum products and natural gas accounted for 59% of total energy consumed in Utah. Coal was responsible for 38% while all renewables combined made up 3% of energy use.
  • Utah refineries received record amounts of crude oil in 2014 and only slightly less in 2015, with 43% coming from in-state and 8% coming from Canada.
  • Fossil fuels made up 98% of Utah’s total energy production in 2015, while renewable sources accounted for only 2% of Utah’s production portfolio.
  • Property taxes charged against Utah oil and gas activities have increased more than six times since 1996, totaling nearly $64 million in 2015.
  • The value of crude oil produced in Utah reached an all-time inflation-adjusted high of $3.2 billion in 2014, but then dropped to only $1.5 billion in 2015 as commodity prices sank.
  • Natural gas production in Utah reached a record high in 2012 of 491 billion cubic feet, but has since dropped to 423 billion cubic feet in 2015.
  • Oil and gas operations in Utah account for about 1.3% of the State's gross state product. Utilities (including some non-energy sectors), refineries, and pipeline transportation and maintenance account for an additional 1.9%.
  • The last major refinery built in the United States was put into operation in 1977.
  • Utah’s average price of residential natural gas in 2015 was $9.72 per thousand cubic feet, the 17th lowest in the nation. As recently as 2011, Utah’s price was the third lowest in the nation, but new natural gas pipelines have better connected our once captive market with the rest of the United States.
  • Natural gas is the largest source of annual energy production in Utah, surpassing coal for the first time in 2010.
  • In 2015, 76% of the electricity generated in Utah was from coal-burning power plants. Electricity generation from natural-gas power plants more than doubled since 2007, increasing its total share in 2015 to 19%.
  • Utah produced 18% more energy than it consumed in 2015, continuing its status as a net-energy exporter. This percentage is usually closer to 30%, but production of fossil fuels was significantly down in 2015.
  • Energy-related employment in Utah declined to 15,367 in September of 2015 (down 16% from the 18,236 recorded in October 2014 prior to the oil price crash), of which the majority (30%) came from the oil and gas sector.
  • Average yearly wages in the energy sector ($83,400, first three quarters of 2015) are more than double the statewide average annual wage ($41,500, first three quarters of 2015).

UPA's voice is strengthened by companies like yours joining forces with us to work towards maintaining and improving Utah's favorable business climate.

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