Additional Pennsylvania content has been added to FracTracker’s mapping utility, FracMapper. In addition to the Shale Gas Viewer, which contains a lot of basic information about unconventional gas extraction in the Commonwealth, users can now also find information on the latest production and waste reports, which range from January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012 in both cases. All three maps can be found together on the Pennsylvania Maps page.
Let’s take a look at each of the new maps:
The production map(1) contains separate layers for each of the three kinds of production reported in Pennsylvania: gas (measured in thousands of cubic feet, or Mcf); condensate (measured in barrels); and oil (measured in barrels). I have also made county-level maps containing aggregated data by county for each of the three products, including total production, number of wells that contributed to the production (which may differ from “drilled wells”), and the average production of those wells. So for example, there were two unconventional wells that produced oil in Butler County, for a total of 7,488.34 barrels, which is an average of 3,744.17 per producing well.
Pennsylvania unconventional production map. Click the expanding arrow icon in the top right to gain access to additional functionality.
There are three layers in this map, all of which are based on the most recent unconventional waste report. First, there is a generalized layer, which shows the location of the wells producing waste, but does not have any specific content. This layer exists to improve map performance at the statewide level. If you zoom in past 1:500,000 (a view showing several counties), then the generalized layer disappears, and the data become available by clicking on any of the wells that reported waste production. Finally, there is a layer of facilities that received the waste. If you click on one of the industrial icons, it will bring up the aggregated waste that was received by that facility, and included information on how that waste was disposed of (i.e., injection wells or landfills). To see the list of disposal methods and their abbreviations, please click on the expanding arrows in the top right of the map below, then the “About” icon on the toolbar.
Pennsylvania unconventional waste production map. Click the expanding arrow icon in the top right to gain access to additional functionality.
- As a mapmaker, I am vexed by some rendering issues with this map that have not yet been fully resolved. For each of the three county layers, all counties reporting zero production are supposed to draw transparently, and one of the largest producing counties of gas, Bradford, is supposed to be opaque. While this map remains stylistically unsatisfactory, the data remain accurate. Here is a screen shot of what the map is supposed to look like when showing gas data:
Hopefully, this issue will be resolved shortly.