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A New Oil and Gas Fields Geographic Information System for Ohio

J. McDonald, J. G. Wells, R. A. Riley, and L. H. Wickstrom
Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geological Survey, Columbus, OH

A new geographic information system (GIS) has been constructed using the data from the 1996 Ohio oil-and-gas-fields maps. This new GIS will be linked to the state’s oil-and-gas-well data system, RBDMS (Risk-based Data Management System), and oil-and-gas production database, POGO (Production of Oil and Gas in Ohio). The combination of these information systems will allow new types of mapping and analysis of the state’s oil and gas information that were heretofore either cost prohibitive or just not possible.

The oil-and-gas-fields GIS contains all of the known oil-and-gas fields, organized by producing formations. The associated attributes contain field/pool-based statistics (where available) such as average depth, lithology, porosity, cumulative production, and type of production (gas, oil, combination). By linking this system in the future with RBDMS and POGO, it will be possible to gather additional statistics as more data are gathered or new wells are drilled. There are also plans to make the oil-and-gas-field outlines dynamically “grow,” or new fields be added, as drilling continues in the future.

As one of its first applications, this new GIS is being used as part of the Ohio Division of Geological Survey’s research into CO2 sequestration. By combining the CO2 production data and the locations of large stationary CO2 sources with the oil-and-gas-fields GIS, analyses are being developed to discern the best candidate fields for CO2 enhanced recovery, determine the CO2 sequestration storability of depleted oil-and-gas fields, and determine the economics of carbon sequestration in Ohio.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90900©2001 AAPG Eastern Section Meeting, Kalamazoo, Michigan