State agencies have the primary responsibility for overseeing and regulating oil and gas operations. Those operations generate a large amount of data. Managing the data in an effective and coordinated way presents challenges to federal, state, and local agencies and to other interested users. In 1992, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) provided initial funding to the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC), a national association of state agencies, to develop the Risk Based Data Management System (RBDMS), a family of software applications that allows management of data associated with oil and gas operations. The RBDMS software is used for a variety of purposes including: managing operator and bonding information; the permitting processes; tracking well locations and construction details; tracking production data; assessing the impacts of injection wells on underground sources of drinking water; and tracking inspections, compliance, and other enforcement activities. Since its inception, RBDMS has relied on a combination of DOE’s financial support and matching funds and feedback from the 21 states that use the system to keep it updated and to incorporate new features. RBDMS has recently added a variety of new features that are discussed in the full paper. The paper and presentation will show many of the features and capabilities of RBDMS that can be useful to oil and gas companies, researchers, and other interested persons.

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