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

By Tommy Morrison, Research Assistant | PWYP-US on December 19, 2016

This post is sourced from Extract-A-Fact

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:


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

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