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Thursday, December 19, 2013

DEP Launches New Interactive Online Oil and Gas Well Mapping Tool

DEP Launches New Interactive Online Oil and Gas Well Mapping Tool
Tool Provides Convenient Access to Well Data across Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection announced today that it has published a new online “Oil and Gas Mapping Tool” on its website.

“We understand how important it is for Pennsylvanians to have access to as much information as possible about the oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania,” DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo said. “For this reason, DEP created this easy-to-use tool to promote knowledge sharing, increase transparency and provide convenient access to well data.”

The online mapping tool displays the location of wells across Pennsylvania and allows users to search and view specific types of wells by county, such as conventional gas, unconventional gas, oil or coal bed methane wells. Users are also able to filter search results based on the status of the well by selecting active, plugged or abandoned.

After search filters are applied, users will have the ability to view wells via satellite photo view, topographic map view or animated map view. Once an individual well is selected, the mapping tool will display relevant data about the well, such as the operator name, well permit number, location information such as county and township, and name of the well. Users will also be able to click the well permit number to view the production and waste data reported for the selected well.

In the future, the mapping tool will provide all records and data collected by the department associated with each individual well across the state. This information could include well permit documents, well drawings and maps, well records, completion reports, hydraulic fracturing chemicals used to stimulate the well, inspection reports and photographs of the well and well site.

To view the recently launched mapping tool, visit and select either “Tools” or “Oil and Gas,” then “Oil and Gas Reports.”

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