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Who Owns Oil Rights in the Gulf of Mexico? Use our tool to find out!

This post was originally published on Extract-A-Fact on November 30, 2016

By Tommy Morrison, Research Assistant, Publish What You Pay - United States

(click the image above to access the interactive tool)

Always on the lookout for interesting data, I was excited when I recently came across a comprehensive trove of data on offshore production in the Gulf of Mexico from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).The datasets at data.boem.gov include:

However, because the data is interspersed between four datasets, it is downright complicated to find out which leases a company owns, what the lease attributes are, and how much oil and gas has been produced from the lease. With that in mind, I have created an interactive map application that combines the geographic data, the ownership data, and the production data into one easy-to-use tool.


See the full-sized map here

This map allows the user to view:

  • the leases owned by some of the biggest leaseholders in the Gulf of Mexico
  • which leases produced oil and/or gas in 2014, 2015, and 2016, and how much
  • all the owners of a lease by percentage
  • the royalty rate on the lease

I created the map using Carto , an online platform for mapping and analysis, and used their Javascript library, Carto.js , to add custom features. I cleaned and merged the BOEM data using R into a usable format for the application. The data is hosted on the Carto website at pwypusa.carto.com ; it can be viewed and downloaded there. Take a look at the map, hosted on our Github page at the following link: https://pwypusa.github.io/pages/gulf_explorer.html

Click around and let us know what you find out, here or on Twitter @PWYPUSA!

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