Oil and Gas Well Statistics for Kansas

Updated: June 20, 2017

  2014 2015 2016 2017
Wells permitted 7,110 2,304 1,166 727
New oil wells drilled 3,577 1,179 638 163
New gas wells drilled 228 93 32 3
Dry holes drilled 959 408 224 80
Service wells drilled 1,005 529 319 48
Suspended wells drilled        
Total New Wells
Drilled
5,782 2,213 1,216 294
Total New Footage
Drilled
15,463,915 6,169,062 3,400,620 854,945
Coalbed methane
well permits issued
3 0 1 0
Coalbed methane
wells drilled
4 0 1 0
Horizontal
wells permitted
238 64 13 7
Horizontal
wells drilled
222 59 14 5
  Number of wells
(as of update date)
Total Producing oil wells 69,075
Total Producing gas wells 24,428
Total Producing coalbed methane wells 6,165
Total SWD or INJ wells 5,808
Total EOR wells 7,670
Records in our Master List 479,314
Total Count of Wells 429,101

Bar chart showing wells (permitted, spudded, plugged) lately.

Line chart showing wells (permitted, spudded, plugged) since 2000.

Line chart showing completed each year by type of well since 2000.

Bar chart wells permitted each month in 2015 and 2016.

Bar chart wells spudded each month in 2015 and 2016.

Bar chart wells permitted each month in 2014 and 2015.

Bar chart wells spudded each month in 2014 and 2015.

Horizontal wells in Kansas permitted in blue, drilled in red

Notes on methods

Oil wells are those with a well status of "OIL", "O&G", "OIL-P&A", or "O&G-P&A". Gas wells are those with a well status of "GAS", "CBM", "GAS-P&A", "CBM-P&A". The "-P&A" flag means the well was completed successfully but has since been plugged. Service wells are those with a well status of "CATH," "EOR," "SWD," or "WATER."

Dry holes are those with a well status of "D&A".

Permitted coalbed methane wells are those for which we have a permit date within the desired year. Wells drilled may have been permitted in a previous year. Expired permits will often be changed from "CBM" to "LOC" at some point. Workovers are not included in CBM counts.

We have no information in our database on how an oil well is producing (flowing or artificial lift).

Total wells producing is calculated by adding all the wells with valid completion dates or spud dates and no plugging dates. Only wells with no workover code are counted, but a certain percentage of older wells are plugged but do not have a plugging date.

Horizontal wells listed are based on a digit present in second place of the workover code (i.e. '-0100','-0101','-0200', etc.). As with the other searches, a well is listed as drilled once we have a spud date in the database. Sometimes the status will be upgraded to drilled or completed before we have the date available.

"Records in our Master List" is a count of every Kansas record in our list of wells; can include highway test holes where core or cuttings were taken, water wells where electric logs were run, and so on. "Total Count of Wells" is a count of records where they do not appear to be workovers and the type of well is related to the oil and gas industry.