- Associated Press - Sunday, March 6, 2016

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A University of Wyoming coalition has put together online maps that provide companies with the information they need to find the best places to find oil and gas, mark all known flowing and abandoned oil and gas wells and list ownership, well depth and other information.

The map has been posted to make the information available to the industry and the public.

Industry officials say the information will allow drillers to recover gas and oil that otherwise wouldn’t be available.

Previously, people had to dig through records to find the information.

“I think that anytime you have the ability of giving information out and more accessible to the general public and industry, the better off you are,” said Tom Drean, Wyoming state geologist and director of the Wyoming State Geological Survey.

The website was put together by the University of Wyoming Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute, with several collaborators who assisted in finding and providing the map’s information, said Nick Jones, manager for conventional resources at the institute.

The large map has dozens of options that can be combined to get the big picture of what the industry is doing in Wyoming.

“A little over a year ago, we did some listening sessions around the state to get an idea of what operators with Wyoming assets needed and how could the Institute help,” Jones said. “They all said data, data, data.”

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Online:

Drilling Maps: http://eori.wygisc.org/

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Information from: Laramie Boomerang, http://www.laramieboomerang.com

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