Oil and Gas Well Statistics for Kansas

Updated: Feb. 4, 2019 || View Previous Years

  2016 2017 2018 2019
Wells permitted 1,166 1,561 1,904 75
New oil wells drilled 643 765 844 0
New gas wells drilled 35 20 20 0
Dry holes drilled 223 315 295 2
Service wells drilled 321 376 253 0
Suspended wells drilled        
Total New Wells
Drilled
1,226 1,481 1,426 2
Total New Footage
Drilled
3,443,646 3,977,307 3,917,743 7,359
Coalbed methane
well permits issued
1 0 1 0
Coalbed methane
wells drilled
1 0 1 0
Horizontal
wells permitted
13 19 26 3
Horizontal
wells drilled
14 17 25 0
  Number of wells
(as of update date)
Total Producing oil wells 68,485
Total Producing gas wells 25,127
Total Producing coalbed methane wells 4,539
Total SWD or INJ wells 5,260
Total EOR wells 8,581
Records in our Master List 484,523
Total Count of Wells 442,414

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 2018 and 2019.

Bar chart wells spudded each month in 2018 and 2019.

Bar chart wells permitted each month in 2017 and 2018.

Bar chart wells spudded each month in 2017 and 2018.

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.