Oil & Gas Data
13,220 Unconventional Wells
100,688 Conventional Wells
17,968 Violations at Unconventional Well Sites
(As of November 2021)
PA MAP DETAILS
About this map
This map contains data related to unconventional oil and gas drilling in Pennsylvania, as well as several data layers intended to enhance the viewer’s spatial reference.
Due to the large file sizes, this map also contains generalized layers for five oil and gas related datasets: pits, compressor stations, violations, drilled wells, and permits. They show the location of their respective content when the map is zoomed out past 1:500,000, but do not include specific well or facility data. To access these data, zoom in to 1:500,000 (about the size of a county) or beyond, at which point the generalized layers will disappear, and the data for the specific facility or event will become available in popup boxes by clicking on the map icons.
Notes: This data layer contains unconventional well data in Pennsylvania. However, not all of these wells have been drilled. This layer is categorized by well status, which includes Abandoned, Active, Operator Reported Not Drilled, Plugged OG Well, Proposed but Never Materialized, and Regulatory Inactive Status. To determine whether the well has been permitted, drilled, or plugged, look for the presence of an entry in the Permit Date, Spud Date, and Plug Date field, respectively. Altogether, there are 22,862 wells in this inventory, of which 12,285 currently have an active status. Note that an active status does not mean that the well has been drilled. Altogether, 13,220 wells have spud dates, and 1,167 (8.8%) have plug dates. The plug dates do not exactly match the plugged well status, which only includes 1,096 wells. Pennsylvania started replacing blank dates in the permit, spud, and plug fields with the date January 1, 1970; FracTracker removed those dummy dates to help minimizing confusion. Due to the large number of records, this layer isn’t visible until users zoom in to 1:500,000, or about the size of a small county.
Name: SkyTruth Pits (2013)
Date Range: 2013
Notes: Prior to December 2014, this map contained a layer of pits that were contained in Oil and Gas Locations file available on PASDA. However, that layer was far from complete – for example, it included only one pit in Washington County at a time which news reports mentioned that seven pits in the county were scheduled to be closed. Therefore, we have opted to include this crowdsourced layer developed by SkyTruth, where volunteers analyzed state aerial imagery data from 2013. SkyTruth’s methodology for developing the dataset is detailed in the link above. 529 pits have been identified through this effort.
Name: Compressor Stations Emissions (2019)
Source: Pennsylvania DEP Air Emissions Report
Notes: This compressor layer includes data from the Pennsylvania DEP Air Emissions Report. It has been modified from the original to summarize total emissions of each pollutant type in tons for the year 2019.
Notes: This file was created by dissolving the Municipalities layer (below) to the county level. This method allows for greater detail than selecting the Pennsylvania counties from a national file.
Date Published: 2011
Notes: Viewer must be zoomed into scales of 1:1,500,000 (several counties) or larger to access.
Date Published: 2008
Notes: Clipped to outline of Pennsylvania.
Date Published: 2008
Notes: Clipped to outline of Pennsylvania. Viewer must be zoomed into scales of 1:1,500,000 (several counties) or larger to access.
LATEST PENNSYLVANIA ARTICLES & MAPS
PA Oil & Gas Activity Over Time
GIF of unconventional wells drilled between May 2002 and March 2017
MAPPING LOCAL FRACKING INFRASTRUCTURE AND COMMUNITIES OF RESISTANCE
The You Are Here Map visualizes local fracking infrastructure connections in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The map is intended to connect people to local grassroots groups fighting gas infrastructure, and to be used as an educational tool for elected officials and community groups. Click below to explore, learn and share. Made in collaboration with Sane Energy.
MAPS & ARTICLES
- PA is Discharging Radioactive Fracking Waste- Investigation by Public Herald – August 2019
- Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Waste: report & map – Earthworks Last Updated: September 2019
- Who Pays? Health & Economic Impacts of Fracking in PA– May 2019
- Report: Delaware River Basin Risks – March 2018
- Conventional & Historical Wells in PA – Updated: June 2017
- PA O&G Complaint Map & Investigation with Public Herald– January 2017
- Population density along Mariner East 2 route – November 2016
- You Are Here Map w/Sane Energy – October 2016
- PA Population Near Active Freight Lines– March 2015
- Proposed Drilling in Loyalsock State Forest– November 2014
- Unconventional Production & Waste – Jul-Dec 2013 – March 2014
- Unconventional Drilling & Bird Habitat in PA– January 2014
- PADEP Determination Letters for Groundwater Complaints – July 2013
- Proposed Development in Loyalsock SF’s Clarence Moore Tracts– May 2013
- Trout Unlimited water quality testing areas in PA– February 2013
- Production Jul 2010 through Dec 2012 – December 2012
PENNSYLVANIA Oil & Gas Imagery
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