Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for June 2017

07/11/2017

AUSTIN –– The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 1,305 original drilling permits in June 2017 compared to 656 in June 2016. The June total included 1,131 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 11 to re-enter plugged well bores and 163 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits issued June 2017 included 330 oil, 70 gas, 817 oil or gas, 70 injection, two service and 16 other permits.

In June 2017, Commission staff processed 510 oil, 96 gas, 43 injection and zero other completions compared to 700 oil, 165 gas, 31 injection and four other completions in June 2016. Total well completions processed for 2017 year to date are 3,872; down from 6,429 recorded during the same period in 2016.

According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of July 7 was 463, representing about 49 percent of all active rigs in the United States.

For additional drilling permit and completion statistics, visit the Commission’s website at http://www.rrc.texas.gov/oil-gas/research-and-statistics/well-information/monthly-drilling-completion-and-plugging-summaries/.

TABLE 1 – JUNE 2017 TEXAS OIL AND GAS DRILLING PERMITS AND COMPLETIONS BY RAILROAD COMMISSION OF TEXAS DISTRICT*

DISTRICT

PERMITS TO DRILL OIL/GAS HOLES

OIL COMPLETIONS

GAS COMPLETIONS

(1) SAN ANTONIO AREA

137

87

34

(2) REFUGIO AREA

120

69

14

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

65

12

5

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

28

4

6

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

18

3

6

(6) EAST TEXAS

53

1

6

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

37

20

3

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

84

26

0

(8) MIDLAND

588

234

15

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

78

43

0

(9) NORTH TEXAS

40

4

1

(10) PANHANDLE

57

7

6

TOTAL

1,305

510

96

*A district map is available on the Railroad Commission of Texas website at http://www.rrc.texas.gov/media/21430/districts_color_8x11.pdf.

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