Oil and Gas Well Statistics for Kansas

Updated: Dec. 22, 2015

  2013 2014 2015
Wells permitted 6,368 7,110 2,285
New oil wells drilled 3,372 3,567 919
New gas wells drilled 207 230 81
Dry holes drilled 966 955 345
Service wells drilled 902 996 423
Suspended wells drilled      
Total New Wells
Drilled
5,473 5,760 1,772
Total New Footage
Drilled
15,113,387 15,389,986 4,953,289
Coalbed methane
well permits issued
2 3 0
Coalbed methane
wells drilled
1 4 1
Horizontal
wells permitted
259 238 64
Horizontal
wells drilled
227 222 44
  Number of wells
(as of update date)
Total Producing oil wells 68,873
Total Producing gas wells 24,692
Total Producing coalbed methane wells 6,214
Total SWD or INJ wells 5,689
Total EOR wells 7,473
Records in our Master List 473,584
Total Count of Wells 424,921

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.

Bar chart wells permitted each month in 2014 and 2015.

Bar chart wells spudded each month in 2014 and 2015.

Bar chart wells permitted each month in 2013 and 2014.

Bar chart wells spudded each month in 2013 and 2014.

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.