National Stripper Wells and Production in the United States

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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 .

     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: or the Oil and Gas
    Commission: .
     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 ( 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 .

            ** 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 .

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