Oil and Gas Well Statistics for Kansas

Updated: June 04, 2018

  2015 2016 2017 2018
Wells permitted 2,304 1,166 1,560 716
New oil wells drilled 1,184 641 750 129
New gas wells drilled 93 35 18 5
Dry holes drilled 408 224 313 62
Service wells drilled 534 323 369 46
Suspended wells drilled        
Total New Wells
Drilled
2,223 1,225 1,456 243
Total New Footage
Drilled
6,197,562 3,436,446 3,890,169 730,237
Coalbed methane
well permits issued
0 1 0 0
Coalbed methane
wells drilled
0 1 0 0
Horizontal
wells permitted
64 13 19 12
Horizontal
wells drilled
59 14 17 6
  Number of wells
(as of update date)
Total Producing oil wells 68,951
Total Producing gas wells 24,269
Total Producing coalbed methane wells 6,054
Total SWD or INJ wells 5,821
Total EOR wells 7,834
Records in our Master List 482,419
Total Count of Wells 432,031

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 2017 and 2018.

Bar chart wells spudded each month in 2017 and 2018.

Bar chart wells permitted each month in 2016 and 2017.

Bar chart wells spudded each month in 2016 and 2017.

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.