New figures show how far oil and gas production has dropped in Kansas


Like many states hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, oil and gas production took a big drop in July in Kansas.

The Kansas Geological Survey reported this week July oil production was 12,518,721 bbls, a decline of more than 390,000 barrels or 13% from a year ago, according to the Independent Oil and Gas Service in Wichita.

However, the decline was even greater when comparing the total oil production from January through July 2020 to a year ago. The 2020 production up to and including July was 16,356,311 bbls compared to 33,200,113 bbls, making for a drop of 47%.

The Geological Service said the number of producing oil wells, 46,875 was down nearly 4,700 or about 9% from a year earlier.

Natural gas production for July 2020 compared to July 2019 was also down about 13%. Production totaled 13,709,108 Mcf in July 2020 compared to 15,781,224 Mcf last year.

Total natural gas production so far from January to July was 97,697,355 Mcf, down 51% from the 184,096,548 produced in the same time period in 2019.

The number of producing gas wells, according to the Geological Survey fell 9% from 21,171 last July to 20,005 as of July 2020.

Source: Independent Oil and Gas Service