[Tagging] Oil fields - how to tag?

Dave Swarthout daveswarthout at gmail.com
Sun Oct 15 02:39:54 UTC 2017

I'm trying to determine the ideal tagging scenario for the many oil fields
in the State of Alaska. The areas, which are large tracts of land leased
from the State of Alaska, are typically very large (50-100 sq miles) and
are mostly empty except for a few installations containing wellsites or
pumping facilities for the raw petroleum. Consequently, all those
installations are part of some larger leased and named tract.

An example is ConocoPhillips's Colville River Unit (aka Alpine Field or
Alpine Oil Pool) that I've very roughly sketched here:
http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=12/70.3432/-151.0170 (you might have to
zoom in/out to get an idea of its size). The sketch is merely a rough
approximation and is based on a PDF of the area from a State of Alaska
document (possibly copyrighted). I did not use a boundary tag because the
boundary I've drawn is very rough. My intent was only to use it as a
container for the facilities it contains. One concern is that I use
landuse=indistrial for both the lease and those "internal" facilities.

So, inside this leased tract are oil well sites, (one of which is here:
70.4189462, -150.9128577) and a larger pumping/aggregating site known as
the Alpine Central Facility (70.3445186, -150.9244295). Information about
the Alpine Central Facility (ACF) was gleaned from ConocoPhillips Internet
sites, newspaper articles, etc.

My current tagging for the ACF is:

is_in=Colville River Unit
name=Alpine Central Facility
operator=Conoco-Phillips Alaska

And for the Colville River Unit lease:

alt_name=Alpine Field
fixme=boundry is approximate
name=Colville River Unit
operator=ConocoPhillips Alaska

The tags I've used are probably okay but perhaps there is someone on this
list who specializes in such areas and who might, for the sake of
consistency, offer some suggestions. My aim, in part, is to use the "is_in"
tag to indicate within which tract or lease any particular facility
resides. Alternatively, perhaps this discussion would be more suitable for
the Talk-US list.


Dave (AlaskaDave)

Dave Swarthout
Homer, Alaska
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Travel Blog at http://dswarthout.blogspot.com
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