FAQ: Are production data available for Kentucky wells?


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Data available from the Kentucky Geological Survey:

Beginning in 1997, monthly oil and gas production data by well are required to be reported to the Kentucky Division of Oil and Gas. These data are due to the Division by April of the year following the report year. The data are held confidential for a year. Thus production data for 2013 will become publicly available in 2015. In effect, these data are often by lease or meter. The reported monthly total production for the same tank battery or meter is evenly allocated to each producing well identified in the report. The KGS reformats these data and associats it with individual wells accessible through the online oil and gas well search service. It should also be noted that there are sometimes multiple reports submitted for the same producing period by the same or differing operators; see the documentation for the production data for more information. Every effort is made to associate the production from a single hole in the ground into a single production report. Additionally, oil and gas production data are combined into a single report for those wells that produce both. In the case of multiple entries and completions of a well, the production data are associated with the most recent well event. Efforts to compile well histories at KGS are ongoing.

Production data from the Kentucky Revenue Cabinet

Monthly oil and gas production data by county are reported to the Severance and Property Tax Divisions of the Kentucky Revenue Cabinet. Beginning about 1986, the previous year's data are held confidential by the Revenue Cabinet for one year. Historical oil production data in this format are available beginning in 1918, and gas production data are available beginning in 1986. Public access to these data are provided by the Kentucky Oil and Gas Production data service.

Production data from the Kentucky Division of Oil and Gas

The Kentucky Division of Oil and Gas is the industry regulatory agency that collects and publishes oil and gas production data by well. In 1996, legislation was adopted that beginning in 1997, operators were required to report production data directly to the Division. By statute, the data reported to the Division remain confidential for one year. The Division maintains a web site for downloading data, the Production Reports library. Most production records begin in 1997 although a few records include historic data back to 1994. These data are identified by permit and the monthly production for one year are supplied in Excel format workbooks. The reported data can be matched by permit or location with data available on the oil and gas well search page or shape file . (Caveat: the KGS permit number has leading spaces to pad it to seven characters and lacks dashes.) Note that data reported to the Division of Oil and Gas data are by tank battery (oil) or meter (gas) and as such may represent production from multiple wells on a lease. If several wells on the same lease have identical monthly production data, suspect that the data have been apportioned from a single reported figure. For example, from the Henderson County oil production for 2000:

Permit  Farm                   Well      Pool              Formation      Jan   Feb   Mar
48219   BARNES, EULA              4      CATRON CREEK      O'Hara Lime     85    93   100
48988   BARNES, EULA              6      HEBBARDSVILLE     O'Hara Lime     85    93   100
49363   BARNES, EULA              8      HEBBARDSVILLE     O'Hara Lime     85    93   100

That is, the lease produced a total of 300 barrels during March and each well was assigned one third of the lease total.

NB: The name CATRON CREEK appears to be a default pool name in the Division's production data and should be ignored.

Historic shale gas production data

Shale gas production data were collected circa 1985 by the BDM Corporation of McLean, Virginia, under contract to the Gas Research Institute (now Gas Technology Institute, GTI), Chicago, Illinois. These data include annual gas production data for selected Devonian Ohio Shale wells in eastern Kentucky. These data have been publicly released and are available for download as a compressed archive. The most recent year available for these data is 1984.

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