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PA DEP’s Interactive Electronic Oil and Gas Annual Report is a Wealth of Information

Posted: May 29, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) launches a new electronic oil and gas annual report to improve public access to information.
Image: PA DEP

Image: PA DEP

Earlier this month, PA DEP published its 2016 Oil and Gas Annual Report in an interactive, electronic format to improve public access to information about DEP’s Office of Oil and Gas Management and oil and gas exploration and development activities in Pennsylvania.

“Pennsylvania is the second-largest producer of natural gas in the country and one of the most transparent states in making oil and gas data publicly accessible,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Making the Annual Report completely digital is just the next step in our continued effort to share as much information as possible.”

Built on the ESRI platform, data are geolocated in GIS maps and real-time, drawing from DEP’s daily electronic compliance tracking system updates. The report presents 2016 data on permit activity, inspections, operator compliance, and enforcements for conventional and unconventional wells.

Recent trends and much more detailed information are readily available. For example, not only is the number of unconventional well drilling permits per county shown (1,321 total), but the permits are mapped. By clicking on a location, anyone can obtain the permit number, operator name, issuance date, and other information.

For a deeper dive, visitors can use the permit number and click into the Oil and Gas Mapping site to learn production data, inspection results, and any compliance actions taken by DEP.

“We encourage Pennsylvanians to use the 2016 Annual Report to dig into information that’s relevant to them in their backyards and to all of us in the commonwealth, and we welcome their engagement,” said McDonnell.

Other features of the “2016 Oil and Gas Annual Report” include:

  • Easy to read graphs, charts and tables that can also be printed and exported via e-mail;
  • An introductory video “message” (and “closing” video) from the Secretary;
  • Short tutorial videos developed and produced by DEP and embedded in the annual report;
  • Descriptions of key DEP accomplishments using a graphical “calendar” format;
  • Tools to facilitate public participation and outreach (i.e., public can comment on draft regulations and policies, sign up to receive electronic notices, and attend advisory committee meetings remotely, to name a few).
  • A comprehensive “Key Facts” document that summarizes important data and statistics (can be printed at the click of a button).
  • Ability to share this report and follow DEP activities using various social media tools including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.

The annual report and the DEP website provides extensive information for all who are interested to learn more about oil and gas operations in the Commonwealth. The PA Oil and Gas Mapping webpage shows locations of both conventional and unconventional oil and gas wells, and additional information for each well. The Office of Oil and Gas Management webpage provides online services, fact sheets and additional information on oil and gas reports, production, frequently asked questions and more.

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