Oil and Gas Well Statistics for Kansas

Updated: Oct. 18, 2016

  2013 2014 2015 2016
Wells permitted 6,368 7,110 2,304 907
New oil wells drilled 3,379 3,577 1,180 272
New gas wells drilled 208 230 92 16
Dry holes drilled 968 957 405 114
Service wells drilled 901 998 529 164
Suspended wells drilled        
Total New Wells
Drilled
5,487 5,774 2,210 566
Total New Footage
Drilled
15,144,408 15,441,949 6,156,027 1,532,438
Coalbed methane
well permits issued
2 3 0 0
Coalbed methane
wells drilled
2 4 0 0
Horizontal
wells permitted
259 238 64 8
Horizontal
wells drilled
227 222 59 5
  Number of wells
(as of update date)
Total Producing oil wells 68,900
Total Producing gas wells 24,546
Total Producing coalbed methane wells 6,193
Total SWD or INJ wells 5,756
Total EOR wells 7,568
Records in our Master List 476,366
Total Count of Wells 426,920

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.