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New York State Geological Survey Oil and Gas Well Logs

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
These logs contain data on thousands of oil, gas, and solution salt wells drilled since 1930. An oil or gas well log is a detailed graphic/narrative record that progressively describes the geological strata and any oil, gas, or water that is encountered during the drilling of a well. The logs provide details about the location of oil and gas resources in the state, and significant data concerning the geological characteristics of the areas where the wells are located.
Creator:
Title:
Quantity:
359.5 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
circa 1930-2013
Series Number:
20976

Arrangement

Alphabetical by county; then alphabetical by town; then numerical by well number.

20976-07, 20976-08: Unarranged.

Scope and Content Note

These logs contain data on approximately 20,000 oil, gas, and solution salt wells drilled since 1930. An oil or gas well log is a detailed graphic/narrative record that progressively describes the geological strata and any oil, gas, or water that is encountered during the drilling of a well. The logs provide a wealth of detail not only about the location of oil and gas resources in the state, but also significant data concerning the surficial geology, minerological, sedimentological, geochemical, seismological, and petrological characteristics of the geographical areas in which the wells are located.

A significant amount of information on various technical aspects of each well is also included. This information consists of data on volume, pressure, rate of fill up, water depth, caving strata, and casing record. The logs also describe how the data was obtained, depth tested, cushion used, significant time intervals involved, flowing and shut-in pressures, and notes of recoveries.

20976-02: This accretion consists of microfiche copies of oil and gas well logs for the years 1930-1984. The microform was produced from the originals at the New York State Geological Survey by a private vendor for the Dept. of Environmental Conservation.

20976-05A: This accretion consists of oil and gas well logs, ca. 2003-2005, for sites in Cayuga, Chemung, Steuben, Tioga, and Yates Counties.

20976-07A: This accretion consists of oil and gas well logs for sites in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Madison, Onondaga, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Wyoming and Yates Counties.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

Logs may be restricted for up to two years after their creation, and disclosure of data regarding specific companies may be restricted indefinitely; Environmental Conservation Law, 23-0313.

Alternate Formats Available

Copies for the years 1930-1984: ca. 4,000 microfiche.

Related Information

Other finding aids

A complete database of the logs is maintained by the Geological Survey.

20976-07: Item list is available at the repository.

20976-07A, 20976-08, 20976-08A, 20976-09, 20976-10, 20976-11: Folder list is available at the repository.

20976-15: Container list is available at the repository.

Custodial History

20976-02: This accretion was transferred to the State Archives from the Dept. of Environmental Conservation, via the New York State Geological Survey, during June 2002.