How to find oil and gas well production data

The link below will take you to the web site of the WV DEP Office of Oil and Gas, which is the state government agency in West Virginia that regulates oil and gas drilling. 

(Most federal EPA regulation is only indirect - through this state agency.)  (This state agency is a part of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.)

The Office of Oil and Gas site has lots of information.

Among other things, this site has the production data for all of the oil and gas wells in the State.  (The State gets this data from reports provided by the oil and gas well operators themselves, so it is no more or less reliable than that!)

To find the production that oil and gas well operators report for a particular well click here to go to the West Virginia Office of Oil and Gas

Enter what information you have about the well you are interested in, and hit Return/Enter to do the search.

Note:  Every well in West Virginia has something called an "API" number that looks and acts something like a social security number. 

The first two digits of a well's API number identify the state where the well is found.  West Virginia's number is "47" (and since 47 applies to every well in West Virginia, the state web site does not always include the "47").  The second set of three numbers indicates the county where the well is drilled.  And the final 5 numbers are the unique identifier for a particular well in that county and state.  (The well owner may have its own numbering system for its wells - sometimes including a "farm" name and number.  That may be on the state web site too.  But the API number is the best one to have.) (A.P.I. stands for "American Petroleum Institute").

If you have trouble finding the production data for a particular well using other information, go out to the well.  The well is required to have the API well number displayed on it somewhere.  It may be on a tag hanging somewhere, or it may be painted or imprinted on some part of the well itself.  Get that API number and use it to do your search. 

If there is no API  well number on the well, contact the Office of Oil and Gas to file a complaint against the operator for not have the API number on the well!


West Virginia Surface Owners' Rights Organization
1500 Dixie Street, Charleston, West Virginia 25311
304-346-5891    Fax 304-346-8981