Alabama shale viewer map

Alabama Shale Viewer

This map contains several data layers to help understand unconventional oil and gas drilling in Alabama.

Last updated:  1/6/2017

About This Map

Name:  Oil and gas Wells (1-6-2017)
Source: Geological Survey of Alabama Oil and Gas Board
Date:  1-6-2017
Notes:  This layer shows the 8,237 oil and gas wells in Alabama.  The plugged and canceled wells are not included. The data was extracted from the State of Alabama Online Mapping System.

Name:  Oil and gas Wells (generalized)
Source:  Geological Survey of Alabama Oil and Gas Board
Date:   1-6-2017
Notes:  This layer shows the location of oil and gas wells in Alabama.  Once the user zoom in to 1:500,000, this layer disappears, and is replaced with the data layer.

Name:  Counties
Source:  US Census Bureau
Date Published:  2012
Notes:  This file was altered from a national file of counties published by the US Census Bureau.  It was given a projection, and only Alabama counties were included.

Name:  Watersheds – Large
Source:  US Department of Agriculture
Date Downloaded:  8-13-2013
Notes:  Watershed boundaries in Alabama at the eight digit hydrologic unit code (HUC 08) level of detail.  This has been modified from the original by clipping the results to the boundary of Alabama.

Name:  Watersheds – Small
Source:  US Department of Agriculture
Date:  Downloaded 8-04-2014
Notes:  Watershed boundaries in Alabama at the twelve digit hydrologic unit code (HUC 12) level of detail.  This has been modified from the original by clipping the results to the boundary of Alabama.  This layer becomes available once zoomed in to 1:750,000, or about the size of a county.

Name:  Shale Plays
Source:  Energy Information Administration
Date:  4-23-2015
Notes:  Shale plays are depositional areas where carbon-rich shale deposits are likely to occur.  This file has been modified from the original national file published by the EIA to only include shale plays within Alabama.

Name:  Shale Basins
Source:  Energy Information Administration
Date:  2015
Notes:  Shale plays are broad depositional areas where the location of shale plays is possible. This file has been modified from the original national file published by the EIA to only include shale basins within Alabama.