Records do not even exist for some of the state's oldest wells, as permits were not required on wells drilled before the 1920s.
The commission's 58 field inspectors have laptop computers that allow them to access the database. Aerial photos can help them find lease roads or identify choke points to deploy equipment when dealing with an oil spill.
“This is really critical for them,” Lord said. “This gives them a timeline of events that happen in the field.”
He said inspectors have been working for the past five years to map the GPS location of every known well in Oklahoma.
Once that effort is complete, those locations will be integrated into the agency's database of wastewater injection wells.
Eventually, the database will be made available to the public on the commission's website, Lord said, but that likely won't be until after the current oil and gas boom is over.
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