Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining
Mike Smith, head of the Interstate Oil and Gas Interstate Compact Commission, at left, presents a national award to John Baza, director of Utah's Division of Oil, Gas and Mining.

SALT LAKE CITY — John Baza, director of the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining, has received a national award recognizing him for his work in the regulatory arena over oil and gas.

Baza received the E.W. Marland Award from the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission for his years of service and commitment during a ceremony on Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The annual E.W. Marland Award was established in 1994 to recognize an outstanding state regulator. E.W. Marland was a U.S. congressman, the 10th governor of Oklahoma, and is considered the father of the compact commission.

Baza was appointed director of the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining in May 2005. He is a petroleum engineer by education and work experience, holding master's and bachelor's degrees in petroleum engineering from Stanford University.

He has been with the division for more than 25 years, with nearly 15 of those years in the oil and gas program before assuming the role of division director. As director, he leads the division's efforts in petroleum development, coal mining, and mineral mining, along with abandoned mine reclamation.

Baza has been involved in petroleum exploration and development in Wyoming, North Dakota and Utah, and he has also worked on geothermal power projects in Utah, Nevada and California.