Oil and Gas Well Statistics for Kansas

Updated: July 10, 2014

  2011 2012 2013 2014
Wells permitted 5,453 6,865 6,368 4,045
New oil wells drilled 2,852 3,630 3,341 936
New gas wells drilled 335 163 201 78
Dry holes drilled 851 996 932 289
Service wells drilled 677 1,081 892 293
Suspended wells drilled        
Total New Wells
Drilled
4,734 5,926 5,401 1,597
Total New Footage
Drilled
12,644,771 15,847,373 15,231,236 4,324,123
Coalbed methane
well permits issued
100 9 1 3
Coalbed methane
wells drilled
112 10 1 3
Horizontal
wells permitted
76 298 259 141
Horizontal
wells drilled
51 238 225 37
  Number of wells
(as of update date)
Total Producing oil wells 66,489
Total Producing gas wells 24,887
Total Producing coalbed methane wells 6,321
Total SWD or INJ wells 5,500
Total EOR wells 6,627

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.