Federal and state government agencies have joined forces to launch a publicly available website where users can access a suite of oil and natural gas well data from across the country.
The National Oil and Gas Gateway was launched Tuesday after a collaborative effort among the Energy Information Administration, the Groundwater Protection Council (GWPC) and the Department of Energy’s Office of Oil and Natural Gas. The GWPC is a nonprofit that brings together members from state regulatory agencies.
Prior to the gateway site’s launch, well data was only available on individual state websites or in commercial databases for a subscription fee. Well data is to be updated monthly by participating states. While the site is open to all oil and gas producing states, 10 now are submitting data: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Utah and West Virginia.
The website offers well production, injection and completion data. Users can also find hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure reports from FracFocus, in addition to well location, name, operator, depth and drilling orientation information, or whether a well is directional, horizontal or vertical.
The information is also available in map, datasheet or dashboard forms. The map view displays the location of wells and allows users to apply filters by drawing areas on the map directly. The datasheet displays data in a spreadsheet format that lets users aggregate, sort and compare wells. The dashboard provides charts that can be customized and downloaded.