FY 2016 Appropriation

The Coal program reviews applications for mining and reclamation plans for all coal mines and coal exploration activities in Utah. Upon approval of a permit application a reclamation bond is posted to assure final reclamation is conducted under terms of the permit. When mining begins, operations are inspected for compliance with the permit. The reclamation process can take several years after the mining ends, depending on the size of the mine.

Funding History
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $2,026,000 from all sources for Coal Program. This is a 3 percent increase from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources. The total includes $379,500 from the General/Education Funds, an increase of 3.3 percent from revised Fiscal Year 2015 estimates.


Activities in this regulatory program have been delegated to the division under a cooperative agreement with the Secretary of the Interior. Provisions for the program are found in UCA 40-10.

Intent Language

HB0003: Item 102

Under the terms of 63J-1-603 of the Utah Code, the Legislature intends that appropriations provided for the Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining in Item 6, Chapter 5, Laws of Utah 2014, shall not lapse at the close of FY 2015. Expenditures of these funds are limited to: Mining Special Projects/Studies $250,000; Computer Equipment/Software $50,000; Employee Training/Incentives $50,000; Equipment/Supplies $50,000.

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COBI contains unaudited data as presented to the Legislature by state agencies at the time of publication. For audited financial data see the State of Utah's Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.