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Colorado – All Natural Gas and Oil Wells Now In Google Earth

We decided to see how many oil and natural gas wells have been drilled in the state of Colorado.

34,516 active gas and oil wells in Colorado

It’s got a long history of drilling, and is currently in a booming phase of drilling for natural gas that is having both good and bad impacts on the economy, society, public health and the environment. We downloaded the latest data on wells and permits for new drilling from the State of Colorado’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission website. Then we sorted the data to make four Google Earth KMZ files:

Those without Google Earth yet (what’s holding you back?) can see statewide images of the well distribution in our online gallery. Google Earth users are invited to download the KMZs and explore Colorado drilling at your own speed. Leave us a comment to let us know if you think this is useful, and tell everyone about the interesting things you find.

9 replies
  1. John says:

    Brian – that would be useful, wouldn't it? I am not aware of anything like that – it's tough enough finding and maintaining oil & gas well data here in the US (some states make it readily available, others don't; and I have yet to find the data for wells drilled offshore in federal waters). Please let us know what you turn up!

  2. John says:

    Bob – thanks for the heads up, that is a nice map and video showing how oil & gas platforms have marched steadily offshore into deeper waters in the Gulf. They show all platforms ever installed, not just the currently active ones, so you can see the history of development in the Gulf.

  3. Andy says:

    Anybody know if there's a more current map depicting the drilling sites in Colorado? The .kmz file above is great but it's a few years old.

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