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Carnegie Museum of Natural History Pennsylvania Unconventional Natural Gas Wells Geodatabase

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Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Pennsylvania Unconventional Natural Gas Wells Geodatabase is a compilation of six datasets to help determine the location and nature of unconventional natural gas wells in Pennsylvania. All the source data is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP). The geodatabase is specifically designed to meet the needs for research analyses and other non-commercial uses. Carnegie Museum of Natural History makes no warranty or guarantee with regard to the accuracy or completeness of the data. The geodatabase is updated quarterly. For the specific schedule, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.

The PA DEP provides eight major reports on natural gas well activity to the public. Click titles for access to source data:

  • Permits Issued
    Proposed natural gas well drilling sites submitted to and approved by the PA DEP
  • Spud Data
    List of new natural gas wells drilled; the Spud date refers to when drilling of a well commenced or will commence
  • Production Reports
    Submitted by well operators as the total natural gas production for a well for the year or six-month period for unconventional wells
  • Waste Reports
    Waste information from operators generated by drilling the well for the year or six-month period for unconventional wells
  • Compliance Reports
    Inspections of wells, including information on violations and fines
  • Public Utility Commission (PUC) Act 13 Unconventional Wells SPUD Report
    List of wells that the PA DEP has identified that satisfy the requirements set by the Pennsylvania Act 13 legislation
  • Oil & Gas Locations - Conventional Unconventional 
    Shapefile of the Oil & Gas Wells in Pennsylvania for which the PA DEP has locational information.  Wells are broken into two formation types, conventional and unconventional. 
  • Well Formations Report 
    Displays geological formation information by listing the target, oldest and producing formations for all oil and gas wells.

Each data source provides a well permit or API number for all wells for both conventional and unconventional wells. By extracting well permit numbers from all six data sources for any well record flagged by the PA DEP as an unconventional well, a master table of permit numbers for all unconventional wells is generated. By analyzing each data source, summary data is compiled and calculated to determine which wells are in the permitting process, are drilled, or are producing natural gas. Additional information includes how much gas is being produced, the number of violations, and which wells may be identified inconsistently as an unconventional well as well as other attributes.

Recommended Citation

Whitacre, J. V, and Slyder, J.B. YYYY. Carnegie Museum of Natural History Pennsylvania Unconventional Natural Gas Wells Geodatabase (v. YYYY-Q#) [computer file]. Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Available download: URL: http://maps.carnegiemnh.org/index.php/projects/unconventional-wells/download/. Accessed: Date of Download.

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