National Stripper Wells and Production in the United States
Presented as a public service by Oil 4 Less LLC
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This data has been compiled from numerous National stripper well
surveys that have been prepared by the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact
Commission and the National Stripper Well Association from 1941 to the
most recent available survey.
The data was transferred by Optical Character Recognition, and some
verification has been done, but there is no guarantee of the
transcription accuracy. If any person finds incorrectly transcribed
values, please do not hesitate to e-mail us with the correction(s).
Please note that the data we initially received for 1955 was incomplete
and suspect, as the report had missing data (bad printing) and the total
production did not agree with the sum of the individual values. Also,
there were discrepancies for some states, so the data was "corrected" .
The data represents a compilation of information from various
contributors in the oil producing states of the United States. These
data were collected, in many cases by individual fields and
consolidated as a state report.
The number of stripper wells indicated is the number of wells in
fields which are averaging less than ten barrels per day per well, or
in some instances, where the individual well production is known, it
includes only those wells making less than this amount. In addition,
in fields which were classified as stripper, but because of secondary
recovery operations are now producing in excess of ten barrels per well
per day, these fields have continued to be considered as stripper well
fields. In a few states where marginal or stripper wells are defined
by law, it includes all of these wells with the exception of a few
instances where a very minor portion of the field has wells so
classified. In a few instances wells were classified as stripper wells
because they were producing excessive quantities of water or small
quantities of oil relative to the depth from which the oil must be
The production in barrels from stripper well fields represents the
total oil produced from those fields classified as stripper well fields
with the exception of Mississippi and Mew Mexico in which the production
is only the production from the wells reported since in these two
states, the actual well production is available.
Data concerning productive acres, accumulative production, estimated
primary reserves, estimated probable secondary recovery reserves, and
number of abandonments in stripper well fields are not included here.
The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission or IOGCC is the only
organization of its kind and represents the governors of states that
produce more than 99 percent of the domestic onshore oil and natural
The organization's mission is to champion the conservation and
efficient recovery of our nation's oil and natural gas resources, while
protecting health, safety and the environment. Since its creation in
1935, the IOGCC has assisted states in balancing a multitude of
interests - maximizing domestic oil and natural gas production,
minimizing the waste of irreplaceable natural resources and protecting
human and environmental health - through sound regulatory practices.
The IOGCC plays an active role in Washington D.C., serving as the
voice of the states on oil and natural gas issues and advocating
states rights to govern the resources found within their borders. For
more information, visit http://www.iogcc.state.ok.us/ .
For more information concerning member states, visit
For states not represented by the data from the IOGCC reports, Oil 4
Less LLC has obtained alternate production data, some from high
production oil wells and other data that covers oil and gas wells.
** Alternate production data, Alaska **
Data is available for average daily oil production from 2111 wells
covering the period of Jan 1 2005 to April 1 2006. The data indicates
that there are 25 marginal wells. For further information, contact
the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas or visit
** Alternate production data, Florida **
Information concerning oil and gas wells from the early 1900s to
present is available on the web from the Florida Geological Survey
Oil and Gas Section. Activity in that regard began in earnest since
1970, and that data is added to the online dataset provided here.
All of the wells are deep, meaning that low oil production resulted in
abandonment due to cost considerations. The result is that all wells
are all high producing wells.
Florida, is now reporting stripper well data, starting for 2007.
For further information, visit
** Alternate production data, Georgia **
Information concerning oil tests is available from the Georgia
Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division,
Regulatory Support Program, 19 Martin Luther King JR Drive SW #400,
Atlanta GA 30334 titled "Oil Tests in Georgia", Information Circular 19.
One may order IC-19 by phone at (404) 656-3214 for $3.00 plus $2.50
handling. Visit Georgia Department of Natural Resources, or the
Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
** Alternate production data, Idaho **
Idaho has no oil, but there may be about 2000 gas wells. A map and
booklet both titled "Oil and Gas Exploration in Idaho 1983-1984" by Roy M.
Breckenridge (AKA Map M-4) is available from the Idaho Geological Survey,
University of Idaho, PO Box 443014, Moscow ID 83844 for $5.00 plus $2.00
packaging. The graph provided is derived from that data, covering the
period from 1903 to 1984. For further information, contact the Idaho
Department of Lands: http://www.idl.idaho.gov/index.htm or the Oil and Gas
Commission: http://www.idl.idaho.gov/bureau/smr/smr_index.htm#oil .
Information on past oil and gas exploration wells in Idaho has been
transferred to the Idaho Geological Survey in Moscow, Idaho:
Please contact Sherry Pixley (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information regarding
historic exploration wells. Idaho currently has no producing wells and
no recorded production of oil and gas (over 150 oil and gas wells).
** Alternate production data, Nevada **
IOGCC data for stripper wells and production covers only 1980 and 2007.
The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology has individual well information:
** Alternate production data, Oregon **
What appears to be a thesis paper was found at Portland State
University (PSU) titled "Available well records and samples of onshore
and offshore oil and gas exploration wells in Oregon", and a histogram
is provided from the data in that paper. Also, the Oregon Department
of Geology and Mineral Resources has current data on their site, and a
histogram is provided from that data. There was enough oil to get one's
hands dirty; all producing wells are gas wells. About 657 applications
for drilling of wells are listed in their Permits07-14-06.xls spread-sheet.
For further information, visit http://www.oregongeology.com/sub/oil/oilhome.htm .
** Alternate production data, Washington **
May 2, 2006
From the Commissioner of Public Lands for Washington State:
"There is currently no production in Washington of either oil or
natural gas. A small gas field in eastern Washington produced gas
from 1916 to 1941. A very small oil well on the Washington coast
produced about 100 barrels of oil in the early part of the 20th
century. All of the approximately 500 wells drilled since the
implementation of the state's Oil and Gas Conservation Act in the
1950s have been dry holes. There have been gas storage wells drilled
for the Jackson Prairie Gas Storage Project near Chehalis, Washington.
Due to the low level of activity, and the lack of funding, there are
no consolidated records of the well information and results. We have
individual paper well files that include such information, and we have
most of the well logs and some well samples."
UPDATE as of 03/07/2010
About 600 gas and oil wells have been drilled in Washington, but
large-scale commercial production has never occurred
There now is an electronic summary of the state's well information on
their web site. See or visit