NOTICE OF HEARING BEFORE THE BOARD OF OIL, GAS AND MINING DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES STATE OF UTAH

THE STATE OF UTAH TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE FOLLOWING MATTER (Docket No. 2019-004):
Notice is hereby given that the Board of Oil, Gas and Mining (“Board”), State of Utah, will conduct a hearing on WEDNESDAY, January 30, 2019, at 10:00 AM, or as soon thereafter as possible, in the auditorium of the Department of Natural Resources, 1594 West North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. The hearing will be streamed live on the Department of Natural Resources YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/T-WS09J4Z7g.
THE HEARING WILL BE CONDUCTED as a formal administrative adjudication in accordance with the rules of the Board as set forth in Utah Administrative Code R641 et seq., and as provided for in Utah Code Ann. § 40-6-1 et seq., Utah Code Ann. § 40-8-1 et seq., and Utah Code Ann. § 63G-4-101 through 601.
DOCKET NO. 2019-004 CAUSE NO. 250-03: In the matter of the Notice of Agency Action for an order: (1) Forfeiting Surety Bonds Nos. SU46341 and SU46334 provided by American Aspen Insurance Company to secure the plugging and restoration obligations of UTAH GAS OPERATING SOLUTIONS, INC.; and (2) Authorizing the Division use the amounts forfeit to plug and reclaim the wells secured by these sureties which are located in Township 13S Range 7E, Sections 17, 19, 20, 29 and Township 13S Range 10E, Sections 11, 15 and 16 and Township 14S Range 7E, Section 5 Carbon County, Utah.
THE PURPOSE OF THE PROCEEDING will be for the Board to receive testimony and evidence regarding a Notice of Agency Action (“NOAA”) filed by the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining (the “Division”), to enter an order:
1. Forfeiting surety bond #SU46341, in the amount of $214,180, and #SU46334, in the amount of $421,500, provided to the Division by American Aspen Insurance Company (“Aspen”) to guaranty the plugging and restoration of the following wells operated by Utah Gas Operating Solutions LLC, (“UGOS”):
API No. Well Name Twn-Rng
43-007-16009 UTAH FUEL 1 14S-7E, Section 5
43-007-16010 UTAH FUEL 2 13S-7E, Section 32
43-007-16011 UTAH FUEL 3 13S-7E, Section 32
43-007-16012 UTAH FUEL 4 13S-7E, Section 30
43-007-16013 UTAH FUEL 5 13S-7E, Section 31
43-007-16015 UTAH FUEL 8 13S-7E, Section 19
43-007-16016 UTAH FUEL 10 14S-7E, Section 5
43-007-30102 UTAH MINERAL STATE 13S-7E, Section 29
43-007-30289 OMAN 2-20 13S-7E, Section 20
43-007-31006 KENILWORTH RR #1 13S-10E, Section 16
43-007-31007 KENILWORTH RR #2 13S-10E, Section 16
43-007-31015 BALLPARK CANYON #1 13S-10E, Section 16
43-007-31064 CORDINGLY CYN 15-2 13S-10E, Section 15
43-007-31065 CORDINGLY CYN 15-1 13S-10E, Section 15
43-007-31070 CORDINGLY CYN 11-1 13S-10E, Section 11
43-007-31167 CORDINGLY CYN 15-5 13S-10E, Section 15
43-007-31169 BALLPARK CYN 17-2 13S-10E, Section 16
43-007-31171 BALLPARK CYN 16-2 13S-10E, Section 16
43-007-31173 CORDINGLY CYN 10-1 13S-10E, Section 15
43-007-31181 ALPINE SCHOOL DIST 6-17 13S-7E, Section 17
43-007-31182 ALPINE SCHOOL DIST 3-17 13S-7E, Section 17
43-007-31207 BALLPARK CYN 16-2X 13S-10E, Section 16
43-007-31210 OMAN 10-29 13S-7E, Section 29
43-007-31229 KENILWORTH RR 1-A 13S-10E, Section 16
43-015-16021 UTAH FUEL A-1 14S-7E, Section 6
(the “Subject Wells”),
2. Authorizing the Division to use the forfeited funds to plug and reclaim the surface of the Subject Wells identified;
3. Authorizing the Division to take any and all additional actions including filing a civil court action against UGOS as necessary to recover the costs of plugging and reclamation of the wells to the extent the amounts forfeit are insufficient to complete the work; and
4. Grant further relief that the Board deems just and proper.
Objections to the Notice of Agency Action must be filed with the Secretary of the Board at the address listed below no later than the January 10, 2018. A party must file a timely written objection or other response in order to participate as a party at the Board hearing. Failure to participate can result in a default judgment. Natural persons may appear and represent themselves before the Board. All other representation of parties before the Board will be by attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of Utah, or attorneys licensed to practice law in another jurisdiction which meet the rules of the Utah State Bar for practicing law before the Utah Courts. Persons interested in this matter may participate pursuant to the procedural rules of the Board. The Notice of Agency Action, and any subsequent pleadings, may be inspected at the office of the undersigned, and inspected online at the Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining’s website at http://ogm.utah.gov/amr/boardtemp/redesign/books.html. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons requiring auxiliary communicative aids and services to enable them to participate in this hearing should call Julie Ann Carter at (801) 538-5277, at least three working days prior to the hearing date.
DATED this 21st day of December, 2018.
STATE OF UTAH
BOARD OF OIL, GAS AND MINING
Ruland J. Gill, Jr., Chairman
/s/ Julie Ann Carter
Board Secretary
1594 West North Temple, Suite 1210
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
(801) 538-5277

Published in the ETV Newspaper January 9, 2019.

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