Mapping Unconventional Gas Extraction in Pennsylvania



Drilling is part of Pennsylvania's history and sometimes it's hard to keep track of where all the activity occurs geographically. Using public data from both the DEP and FrackTracker, we have produced a number of maps that show the extent of unconventional drilling, violations, and known abandoned wells in PA. If you have any questions about how we got this data, please feel free to contact us.





Unconventional Drilling in Lawrence and Mercer Counties

These maps show a side by side comparison of unconventional oil and gas drilling activity in Lawrence and Mercer Counties in 2014 (left) and 2016 (right).

 
 
 Data were obtained from the  DEP SPUD External Data Report Viewer on 10/19/14. Map includes unconventional oil and gas drilling activity between 01/01/2000 and 10/19/2014.  Data were obtained from the  DEP SPUD External Data Report Viewer on 08/24/16. Map includes unconventional oil and gas drilling activity between 01/01/2000 and 08/24/2016.

Number of issued well permits each year from 2010-2014 per county.




This pie chart shows the makeup of the waste produced by fracking in Lawrence and Mercer counties.




Unconventional Drilling in Pennsylvania

This map shows the location of all unconventional well in Pennsylvania. Data were obtained from FrackTracker on 01/30/14.




This pie chart shows the different drilling companies in Pennsylvania based on the number of wells they operate.


*Mcf = 1,000 cubic feet of natural gas
1 Mcf ~ 1,000,000 Btu (British Thermal Units) of energy



Unconventional Drilling Violations in Pennsylvania

This map shows the unconventional drilling violations in PA. Data were obtained from FrackTracker on 01/30/14. Map includes unconventional oil and gas drilling violations from 01/01/2000 to 06/29/2013.





Abandoned/Orphaned Wells in Pennsylvania

It has been suggested by some that abandoned/orphan wells may act as a potential uncontrolled means for the flow of natural gas or hydraulic fracturing fluid from underground to the surface (PA DEP). As of 2010, gas driller are not required to identify potential conduits (active or abandoned wells) for fluid migration in the area of hydraulic fracturing. - PA DEP Hydraulic Fracturing Review, 2012

This is a map of abandoned wells in PA from 2007-2014. Data were obtained from the DEP on 03/23/2014. Map includes known abandoned or orphaned wells upon investigation from January 1, 2007 - March 1, 2014