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2013 Executive Summary & Trends - Oil, Gas and Solution Mining

Production, Market Value and Economic Impact

New York State natural gas production in 2013 was 23.4 billion cubic feet (bcf), down 11% from the previous year. Trenton-Black River production declined 16% to 10.2 bcf, accounting for 44% of 2013 gas production. Gas production from the Herkimer decreased 23% from the previous year to 1.5 bcf in 2013, while gas production from the Medina decreased by 7% to 8.5 bcf. Oil production decreased 5% from the previous year to 375,571 barrels (bbls) in 2013.

The oil and gas produced in New York State in 2013 is valued at an estimated $136.14 million. Approximately $4.08 million was generated for local government taxes. Approximately $17.02 million was generated in royalties for landowners. Oil and gas development occurs in the most western parts of the State and the Finger Lakes region.


In 2013, New York well owners reported 13,903 wells (all regulated well types). Most of these wells were drilled to explore for and/or produce oil or natural gas. Other well types reported in the 2013 total include underground gas storage, solution salt mining, geothermal, brine disposal and stratigraphic.The total number of wells completed decreased 3% to 176 in 2013.

In 2013 a total of 268 operators reported 2,622 wells with zero production. This is in addition to over 3,500 orphaned and inactive wells in the Department's records.

In 2013, New York held $25.3 million to guarantee well plugging and site reclamation.

Regulatory Activity

Drilling permits issued decreased 5% to 167 in 2013. Total drilled depth of the wells for the year was approximately 371,714 feet (or 70.4 miles).

No compulsory integration hearings were conducted in 2013, although 4 finalized orders from hearings held in previous years were issued during the 2013 calendar year.

In 2013, DMN's Oil and Gas staff performed 3,185 inspections and traveled 76,293 miles. Staff inspect well sites:

  • during permit application review
  • during drilling and plugging work, with emphasis on cementing operations
  • to ensure regulatory requirements are followed and that violations, if any, are remediated
  • during production and prior to ownership transfers to ensure compliance
  • to ensure that reclamation meets requirements; and
  • to investigate complaints.

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