Oil and Gas Well Statistics for Kansas

Updated: Feb. 11, 2015

  2011 2012 2013 2014
Wells permitted 5,453 6,865 6,368 7,113
New oil wells drilled 2,863 3,616 3,380 3,021
New gas wells drilled 334 170 205 210
Dry holes drilled 851 1,006 950 859
Service wells drilled 680 1,084 907 895
Suspended wells drilled        
Total New Wells
Drilled
4,746 5,933 5,468 4,994
Total New Footage
Drilled
12,696,106 15,670,481 15,122,757 13,389,242
Coalbed methane
well permits issued
100 7 2 3
Coalbed methane
wells drilled
112 8 1 4
Horizontal
wells permitted
76 298 259 238
Horizontal
wells drilled
51 240 227 191
  Number of wells
(as of update date)
Total Producing oil wells 68,136
Total Producing gas wells 24,863
Total Producing coalbed methane wells 6,272
Total SWD or INJ wells 5,594
Total EOR wells 7,103
Records in our Master List 469,473
Total Count of Wells 421,484

Horizontal wells in Kansas permitted in blue, drilled in red

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.

Line chart wells permitted each month in 2012 and 2013.

Line chart wells spudded each month in 2012 and 2013.

Line chart wells permitted each month in 2011 and 2012.

Line chart wells spudded each month in 2011 and 2012.

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.