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The oil and gas industry is large, complex and one of the most highly regulated industries in the world. A responsibility we take seriously is to work collaboratively with federal, state and local governments and regulatory agencies as well as the communities where we operate to ensure proper communication and participation in the numerous issues related to oil and gas exploration, development, transportation, refining and marketing. We strive to be good community partners as we comply with, and in many circumstances, exceed governmental requirements in compliance with the thousands of regulations affecting our industry.

Energy Production from Field to Pump

Courtesy of Utah's Office of Energy Development, their latest installment, "Energy Success Stories: Energy Production from Field to Pump," explores the life cycle of one of Utah's most precious resources - oil.

From discovering where to drill, to extracting and shipping crude, to refining the commodity through clean fuel technology, this segment tracks the process from start to finish, featuring the University of Utah's renowned Energy & Geoscience Institute, Integrated Energy Companies, D&A McRae Transportation and Tesoro.

Air Quality

After the safety of our employees and communities where we operate, environmental stewardship is a top priority for UPA Members and Utah’s oil and gas industry. Preserving and enhancing Utah’s air quality is important to us.

Tier 3 Fuels

EPA’s Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standard rule is designed to reduce air pollution from passenger cars and trucks. When fully implemented with new fuel technology and more advanced, cleaner automobiles, the program will be an important piece of the puzzle and step forward in Utah’s efforts to clean and maintain our air quality.

Fuel Prices

Fuel prices affect us all. Whether you drive for a living or hardly at all, the price of gasoline can significantly affect our family budget, vacation plans or corporate fleet costs . Gasoline is a commodity like any other and is subject to the same basic economic principles - supply and demand.

Hydraulic Fracturing

Over the past decade, the United States has seen a renaissance in energy development. New and improved technologies have unlocked oil and gas resources that previously we're inaccessible. The result has been a tremendous upswing in domestic energy production that has turned the tide away from a dangerous dependence on foreign energy sources.

Public Lands

Utah is blessed with some of the most beautiful and scenic landscapes in all the world. Many of these lands deserve special protection for our enjoyment and that of generations to come, but for many lands, the highest and best use is resource development. We are a public lands state with over 70% of our lands owned or operated by the State, federal government or Indian tribes.

Refinery Safety

Operating our facilities in a safe fashion is our top priority as an industry. Our employees are our most important asset and sending them home safely each day is the most important thing we do. Our goal is to have zero safety related incidents. UPA Member Companies invest heavily in safety equipment and training to facilitate a safe working environment.


Utah is a checkerboard of different types of land and mineral ownership. One glance at a map showing who actually owns the surface of Utah’s lands will show the complexity this issue provides. The surface and mineral "estates" are sometimes owned by the same person, but sometimes they’re owned by different parties. A "split-estate" occurs when the surface and minerals are owned separately.


Oil, natural gas and refined petroleum products are transported across our State via truck, rail and most notably, pipelines. Pipelines are the safest and most efficient means of petroleum-related transportation. Pipes bring natural gas from the producing areas of Utah to your home or business to keep you warm, generate electricity, and keep our manufacturing and other industries moving.

Economic Impact

Utah's oil and gas industry has a huge positive impact on the State's economy. Both the upstream and downstream segments of the industry provide high paying, quality jobs as well as much needed tax and royalty revenues for local, state and federal governments. Supporting the State's oil and gas industry is a very large support infrastructure supplying additional jobs and economic development.