- U.S. Energy Information Administration
EIA collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment. Mappable data for US Shale plays and basin, as well as a variety of energy use data and statistics, can be accessed via EIA’s website. Learn more
- U.S. Geological SurveyUSGS provides science about the natural hazards that threaten lives and livelihoods, the water, energy, minerals, and other natural resources we rely on, the health of our ecosystems and environment, and the impacts of climate and land-use change. USGS is a primary source of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Data. Learn more
- Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety AdministrationPHMSA provides a variety of data about federally-regulated and state-regulated natural gas pipelines, hazardous liquid pipelines, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants. PHMSA provides downloads of the raw data, yearly summaries, multi-year trends of safety performance metrics, and inventories tracking the removal of aging and other higher-risk infrastructure. Learn more
- National Air Toxics AssessmentNATA is released by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) every few years and contains air emissions data. NATA uses models to make broad estimates of health risks over geographic areas of the country. Learn more
- U.S. CensusThe US Census is a federally-mandated survey conducted every 10 years by the US Census Bureau, providing population and demographic statistics on US residents. The primary sources of data we use from a demographic perspective are the CSV files generated by state and county level searches in American FactFinder.
- FracFocusFracFocus, run by oil and gas industry affiliates, provides information on reported chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing. While FracFocus is not intended to replace or supplant any state governmental information systems, it is being used by a number of states as a means of official state chemical disclosure. FracFocus 3.0 now includes publicly-available data downloads in machine-readable (SQL) format. Learn more
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- EPA’s Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID) data has been used to map and compare energy generation across states at the utility scale and to merge with FLIGHT data to analyze CO2 emission per MW of energy generated.
- EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) data has been used to determine those mining and oil and gas facilities with a record of violations by NAICS or SIC coding.
- Additionally, we’ve scraped the entire Facility Level Information on Greenhouse Gases Tool (FLIGHT) data back to 2010 as of now.
- Securities and Exchange CommissionThe SEC EDGAR company search database has been used by our team to determine certain variables including company assets, individual frac sand mine annual production volumes, and future anticipated growth.
State-Specific Well Data
Below is a list of FracTracker’s most commonly used sources for well data by state, sorted alphabetically:
- Alaska - New YorkAK – Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission provides well permits for the state of Alaska
AL – Geological Survey of Alabama O&G Board provides oil and gas well data for the state of Alabama.
AR – Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission provides data on active oil and gas wells in Arkansas
AZ – Arizona Oil and Gas Conservation Commission provides permit data for the state of Arizona
CA – DOGGR – All California oil and gas wells (development and prospect wells), enhanced-recovery wells, water-disposal wells, service wells (i.e. structure, observation, temperature observation wells), core-holes, and gas-storage wells, onshore and offshore (within three nautical miles of the coastline), located on state and private lands, are administered by California’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR). Data related to this activity can be accessed through DOGGR’s online resources. To obtain information on stimulated wells in California, however, datasets often have to be aggregated from multiple sources. Learn more
CO – Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission provides data on notices of alleged violations to oil and gas operators, pending permits, approved permits, and the subsurface wells (wells horizontally drilled under the ground) in Colorado.
FL – Florida Department of Environmental Protection provides data on oil and gas wells in Florida.
IL – Illinois Natural Resources Geospatial Data Clearinghouse provides data on all oil and gas wells in Illinois; LaSalle County Commissioner was helpful in determining those silica sand mines that are involved in the frac sand mining space with proposals being identified by industry reports and local concerned citizens
IN – Indiana Department of Natural Resources provides data on all oil and gas wells in Indiana.
KS – Kansas Geological Survey provides data on all oil and gas wells in Kansas by type; Kansas Corporation Commission provided us with Class II injection well locations and volumes with the latter compiled into a usable format by our staff and Caleb Gallemore at Lafayette University
KY – Kentucky Geological Survey / University of Kentucky provides data on all oil and gas wells in Kentucky by type.
LO – Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Strategic Online Natural Resources Information System (SONRIS) provides data on oil and gas wells in Louisiana. Often the datasets are very large due to the volume of wells in the state, so we try to limit them on our maps by topic. Learn more
MD – Maryland does not publish their inventory of oil and gas wells online, but the Maryland Department of Environment did provide the data to the FracTracker Alliance upon request – but may be severely limited. Learn more
MI – Michigan DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality) provides data on all oil and gas wells in Michigan; Michigan frac sand mines were determined using several DEQ reports and the confirmed frac sand mine locations in Monroe County
MS – Mississippi Oil and Gas Board provides data on all oil and gas wells in Mississippi.
MO – Missouri Department of Natural Resources provides data on oil and gas permits in Missouri; Local concerned citizens have informed our mapping of existing or proposed frac sand mining infrastructure
MT – Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation provides data on all oil and gas wells in Montana.
ND – North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources provides several free datasets about oil and gas drilling in North Dakota. The agency’s Oil and Gas: ArcIMS Viewer contains download links to a statewide file of wells.
- Nebraska Oil and Gas Commission provides data on all oil and gas wells in Nebraska.
- Additionally, Nebraska Class II Injection well locational information and annual volumes were obtained by FOIA from Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
NM – New Mexico Oil Conservation Division provides data on all oil and gas wells in New Mexico.
NV – Nevada Commission on Mineral Resources provides data on recent oil and gas wells in Nevada.
- Ohio - WyomingOH –
- Ohio Department of Natural Resources provides data on horizontal Utica and Marcellus permits and laterals, horizontal Utica permits (for waste).
- Additionally, FracTracker maintains a data download library on Ohio, ranging from Class II injection well volumes to water demand in the state from the fracking industry. Learn more
- Ohio Class II Injection well locational information was obtained by FOIA and quarterly volumes per well are also obtained by FOIA 1-2 times per year by way of the ODNR Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program.
- Certified brine haulers and number of trucks has been obtained by FOIA from ODNR UIC.
- Historical well permitting, location, and status has been extracted from ODNR’s RBDMS Microsoft Access Database.
- Ohio oil and gas water withdrawal volumes were obtained by FOIA from ODNR and were part of an ongoing mapping effort to determine water supply and demand across West Virginia and Ohio.
- FOIA has also been used to compile an inventory of Ohio compressor stations.
- Oklahoma Geological Survey has a list of shale wells in the state available for download on their website.
- Oklahoma Corporation Commission has well data, as well.
- FracTracker aggregates additional data, such as injection well datasets, for Oklahoma and makes them available for download here.
- PASDA – Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access (PASDA) is Pennsylvania’s official public access geospatial information clearinghouse.
- PADEP – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection provides data on violations for download in their compliance report, wells drilled data in their spud data reports, and a number of other helpful resources for accessing oil and gas data (including unconventional / fracking data) in the Commonwealth.
- FracTracker’s landing page dedicated to PA also has several data downloads, photos, and resources that may not be available from the above sources. Learn more
SD – South Dakota Geological Survey provides data on oil and gas wells in South Dakota.
TN – Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (Oil and Gas Program) provides data on oil and gas wells in Tennessee.
- A significant amount of oil and gas data is available for purchase from the TX Railroad Commission
- Texas frac sand mine data has been obtained by way of industry reports and recently several contacts outside San Antonio where a half dozen mines are being built and/or in the proposal phase. Contact us to learn more.
UT – Utah Department of Natural Resources provides data on all oil and gas wells in Utah.
VA – Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy provides data on all oil and gas wells in Virginia.
WA – Washington State Department of Natural Resources provides data on all oil and gas wells in Washington State.
- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission provided FracTracker with a list of facilities that are involved in the production of frac sand mining in the state. Learn more
- We’ve also obtained frac sand mine proposals and identified parcels by way of a strong network of county commissioners, concerned citizens, etc.
- WVDEP (West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection) provides data on oil and gas wells, as well as the horizontal laterals (under the ground) via their GIS server.
- FracTracker also has a rich library of WV data and photos available for download. Learn more
Data Downloads on FracTracker.org
As described in our data statement, we are proponents of transparency and open data. In an ideal world, all data that is analyzed or visualized would be made available to those who are interested in reviewing it to determine its validity. We try to replicate that vision in the way we work with other organizations, the maps we provide, and the energy-focused data we collect and analyze.
Throughout our website you will find a variety of maps and articles looking into the many facets of the oil and gas industry, as well as a growing body of work on more renewable energy options. Whenever possible we will link to the datasets we used to create such pieces. Data is more likely to be linked to or provided in our articles after January 2016.
Some times the links will take you to other organizations’ websites, such as state regulatory agencies, to download the datasets from them. These links are always available in the full screen version of our maps, as well. If the dataset has been modified by us in any way, we will host the file for download on our website and link to the file from the article in which it was used. Additionally, a set of metadata explaining the changes will be included in a zip folder when you download the dataset.
No password is required to access these datasets, but we do request that you mention FracTracker Alliance if you choose to publish your own analysis of the information elsewhere.
Other Public Data Archiving Projects
- Energy Data eXchangeEDX is an online collection of capabilities and resources that advance research and customize energy-related needs. EDX is developed and maintained by the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) researchers and technical computing teams to support private collaboration for ongoing research efforts, and tech transfer of finalized DOE NETL research products. Learn more
- Environmental Data and Governance InitiativeEDGI is an international network of academics and non-profits addressing potential threats to federal environmental and energy policy, and to the scientific research infrastructure built to investigate, inform, and enforce them. EDGI’s data archive project seeks to preserve publicly accessible and potentially vulnerable scientific data and archive web pages from EPA, DOE, NOAA, OSHA, NASA, USDA, DOI, and USGS. Learn more
- Extractive Industries Transparency InitiativeEITI is the global standard to promote the open and accountable management of oil, gas and mineral resources. The Standard seeks to address the key governance issues of the oil, gas and mining sectors. EITI provides a data portal as part of their open data policy. Data for the U.S. are specific to natural resource management related to federal lands and waters. Learn more
- Data RefugeData Refuge helps to build refuge for federal data and supports climate and environmental research and advocacy. Learn more
- Penn LibrariesUPENN / Penn Libraries provides access to data sets across disciplines. A librarian can provide one-on-one assistance locating and retrieving quantitative or spatial data sets from specialized resources: Data archives, public domain resources, or Penn’s own collection. Learn more
Please note that this inventory was up to date as of April 2018, but links may break or change over time.