Leading Producing Zones: Oil is produced from Carboniferous limestone and sandstone in eastern and western Kentucky and Ordovician limestone and dolomite in south-central Kentucky.

Where are the oil wells in Kentucky?

Leading Producing Zones: Oil is produced from Carboniferous limestone and sandstone in eastern and western Kentucky and Ordovician limestone and dolomite in south-central Kentucky.

How deep are oil wells in Kentucky?

Wells producing natural gas from the Cambrian Rome Formation are currently Kentucky’s deepest producers, with some zones exceeding 7,500 feet. The overall average total depth of oil and gas wells drilled in the state is less than 1,500 feet. The average depth for wells drilled in 2001 is more than 2,700 feet.

How do you find oil wells?

The search for crude oil begins with geologists who study the structure and history of rock layers below the earth’s surface to locate areas that may contain deposits of oil and natural gas. Geologists often use seismic surveys on land and in the ocean to find the right places to drill wells.

How many abandoned oil wells are there?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that there are more than 3 million total abandoned oil and gas wells. About 2 million of those are estimated to be very old and never properly plugged. The agency believes such wells are responsible for most of the methane emitted from abandoned wells.

Is there any fracking in Kentucky?

According to the Kentucky Geological Survey, fracking was first used in the state in 1953. In 2015, the majority of the state’s 15,153 natural gas wells in the state were hydraulically fractured.

Where is natural gas found in Kentucky?

With further drilling enough was found to supply Louisville with natural gas. At the present time, about three-fourths of Kentucky’s natural gas comes from the Black shale in Floyd County and vicinity.

Does Kentucky have natural gas underground?

Kentucky has 22 underground natural gas storage sites that can hold almost 222 billion cubic feet of gas, which is about 2% of U.S. total underground storage capacity.

How far down is oil found?

While a majority of them are located in waters less than 200 meters (650 feet) in depth, nearly 30 are located in areas where the water is more than 800 meters (2,400 feet) in depth. Currently, there are more than 4,000 active platforms drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

How deep do you need to dig to find oil?

Oil and gas wells can range in depth from a few hundred feet to more than 20,000 feet. In some parts of the world, wells go as deep as 30,000 feet, Zdarko says. Ranging from 1,000 to 2,500 feet deep, Aera’s San Joaquin Valley wells are considered shallow.

Do oil wells dry up?

Do oil wells dry up? Once the drill bit reached the seafloor, it bored another 10,000 feet until it had reached down 17,000 feet — more than three miles. But, after $20 million in work, the well is said to have come up dry. If so, that’s not unusual: about half of all prospective wells do.

What are orphan oil wells?

Orphan, orphaned or abandoned wells are oil or gas wells that have been abandoned by fossil fuel extraction industries.

Is there Crude Oil in Kentucky?

Kentucky State Energy Profile Kentucky’s one oil refinery can process about 291,000 barrels of crude oil per calendar day. It is the 14th largest U.S. oil refinery and provides about 1.6% of the nation’s total refining capacity.

How do I find oil and gas wells in Kentucky?

Retrieve Kentucky oil and gas well data by searching on a number of parameters including geography, operator, farm name, record number, completion data, etc. Search results are displayed below in a tabular format, and locations of returned wells are displayed on the map tab (see below for limitations with this functionality).

Where can I download well production data for KY?

Download well production data from the KY Division of Oil and Gas: At this time, the production data provided for individual wells is available from 1997 to 2015. Production data is held confidential for one full calendar year and is made public as soon as it is available after that date.

How many abandoned oil and gas wells are in Kentucky?

Approximately 13,000 known abandoned wells are found in Kentucky’s oil and gas fields. Many more “unknown” oil and gas wells are present. The Testing Permit Program (KRS 353.588) allows an operator to acquire a Testing Permit ($25 fee) to enter a well for 60 days to determine the well’s ability to produce gas, oil and/or water.

How do I download oil and gas production data for Wells?

This functionality provides all the available oil and gas production data for the wells returned with the current search (wells with a “Production Data Link” in the results tab). Select either oil or gas production data to download. The number of records for each type of data is displayed above.