[Tagging] Petroleum extraction

Dave Swarthout daveswarthout at gmail.com
Tue Nov 13 14:50:00 UTC 2018

The big oil fields in Alaska have no pumping rigs. There are hundreds of
wellheads littering the landscape but none are what I would think of as a
pumping rig. I don't really know much about the oil industry but I have
mapped a bunch of wells in Prudhoe Bay and was surprised to learn just how
numerous those wells are in a big field like Prudhoe. I'm presuming that
the oil in Prudhoe is under enough pressure to push it to the surface,
unlike in Texas or Pennsylvania where the pumping rigs that lift the oil to
the surface, shown in the first reference, are in common use.

Also, FYI, the tag used for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline to indicate what is
being carried is substance=oil. I chose that over content=oil because it
seemed to me that content was more commonly applied to tanks. There is no
clear guideline for choosing one over the other AFAIK.

Download and take a look at this with JOSM and DigitalGlobe-Premium imagery
if you're interested. Most of the BP waypoints are in the Prudhoe Bay area.
(See Bp Exploration (Alaska) Inc1004, for example). I'm not sure now where
I obtained it or how current the data is but it's interesting nonetheless.
It contains coordinates for all the oil wells in Alaska.




On Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 9:00 PM Daniel Koć <daniel at koć.pl> wrote:

> Hi,
> We are trying to make rendering for petroleum wells in OSM Carto, but it
> seems to be twisted:
> https://github.com/gravitystorm/openstreetmap-carto/issues/3494
> There are two different, probably overlapping tags for that, and both
> have some problems:
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:man_made%3Dpumping_rig
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:man_made%3Dpetroleum_well
> For pumping rig it's clear that there's a rig on the ground and you can
> even add what is being extracted, but it's not clear if this should be
> substance=oil or content=oil.
> For petroleum well it's not clear whether there is a rig or not (there
> are some sealed petroleum wells with no other equipment). Tagging both
> is impossible in a simple way, since both use man_made key.
> My idea is to simply move all the petroleum wells with a rig into
> man_made=pumping_rig + substance/content=oil.
> What do you think about it?
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Dave Swarthout
Homer, Alaska
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Travel Blog at http://dswarthout.blogspot.com
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