Oil & Gas Regulations: Well Inspection Prioritization with GIS
Authors: Keith Jackson
As part of efforts to be proactively compliant with Colorado’s oil and gas regulations, a python-based GIS tool was created to prioritize inspection sites, based on a similar tool developed by state regulators. The process runs nightly and analyzes factors such as urbanization, water, wildlife, well age, spills, and corrective actions. Each well is assigned a rank and displayed in ArcGIS Portal as high (12% of 8,000+ wells), average (25%), or low (63%) priority for field use by inspectors.