Oil & Gas Activity in Maryland

Click on the image below to explore our MD map of oil and gas extraction-related activities.

This map shows oil and gas wells in Maryland, plus other related data layers – described below.

Name:  Active Gas Wells (6-29-2017)
Date:  June 29, 2017
Source:  Maryland Department of Environment
Notes:  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.  However, the available information for these wells available on the popup boxes is extremely limited.

Name:  Historical Gas Wells (6-29-2017)
Date:  June 29, 2017
Source:  Maryland Department of Environment
Notes:  Maryland Department of Environment provided the FracTracker Alliance with a layer of historical gas wells upon request.  The available data for each well is far more detailed than for the active gas wells (see above), which were provided as a part of the same data request.

Name:  Oil and Gas Wells (possible storage wells – 3-16-2015)
Date:  March 16, 2015
Source:  Maryland Department of Environment
Notes:  This layer was obtained in 2015 upon request from the Maryland Department of Environment.  At the time, our understanding was that it contained all the available oil and gas wells in Maryland, but only 57 of the 95 wells had mappable location data.  Normally, when the FracTracker Alliance updates maps, we remove the older versions of the data, but in this case, we have kept this older layer, as quite a few of these wells are not shown on either the active or historical data layers, above.  Groups that are active in Western Maryland suspect that many of these wells may have been converted to gas storage wells, and are still being used as such.

Name:  Counties
Date Downloaded:  March 16,2015
Source:  USDA Geospatial Gateway
Notes:  County boundaries in Maryland.

Name:  Watersheds (Large)
Date Downloaded:  March 16,2015
Source:  USDA Geospatial Gateway
Notes:  Watershed boundaries at the eight digit hydrologic unit (HUC 8) level.  This file was modified from the original by removing portions that drew outside of Maryland.

Name:  Watersheds (Small)
Date Downloaded:  March 16,2015
Source:  USDA Geospatial Gateway
Notes:  Watershed boundaries at the twelve digit hydrologic unit (HUC 12) level.  This file was modified from the original by removing portions that drew outside of Maryland.  This layer becomes available as users zoom in past 1:750,000 (about the size of a large county).

Name:  Shale Plays
Date Published:  April 23, 2015
Source:  Energy Information Administration
Notes:  Shale plays are areas where carbon-rich shale deposits are likely to occur.  This layer was modified from the original national file by clipping results to the state of Maryland.

Name:  Shale Basins
Date Published:  2011
Source:  Energy Information Administration
Notes:  Shale Basins are broad depositional areas where carbon-rich shale deposits may have formed.  This layer was modified from the original national file by clipping results to the state of Maryland.

If you would like us to research issues in MD or you have resources to share with us, please email info@fractracker.org.

Earthworks MD Oil & Gas Threat Map

Active oil & gas wells, & the counts of people, schools, & hospitals that live within ½ mile of these facilities. Project Launch: 2016

Maryland Photos and Videos

This album contains MD imagery contributed to our site from FracTracker staff and volunteers. Reuse is permitted so long as you cite the photographer if one is listed in the photo’s info section, as well as FracTracker Alliance.