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Oil & Gas Well Records

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

When do you expect to have all of the districts available online?

The oil and gas well records for all districts are available online.  All new well completions for all districts are being imaged as they are received.  All completion packets received by the Commission after February 2011 are being filed online and are available through the Oil & Gas Completion Query application.

What are the minimum system requirements?

There are no minimum system requirements to access Oil and Gas Well Records. You will need access to the Internet and a Internet browser. Latest versions of Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Netscape do have minimum system requirements and are available from the respective vendors. You will also need the Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0 or higher.

What speed connection do I need?

The RRC recommends a minimum of a 56K connection. Performance will, of course, be faster over a T-1, ISDN, DSL, cable modem, or other direct Internet connection.

What browser do I need?

We suggest that you use Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, Netscape 7.0 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 1.0 or higher or Opera 6.0 or higher, java enabled. Older versions of the browsers need to be set up so that they accept java and javascript.

What type of information can you find in Oil and Gas Well Records?

You will find applications to drill (form W-1 and attachments), oil and gas completion reports (form W-2 or form G-1 and attachments), plugging reports (form W-3 and attachments), producer's transportation authority (form P-4) and miscellaneous information, including directional surveys, back pressure curves, correspondence, etc.  Well logs received since July 2004 and Surface Commingling Permits (form P-17) are also available.

What does "FILM YR" mean?

The notation "FILM YR" below the "Potential" link indicates that the images for that well record were taken from microfilm.  The well records have been microfilmed in the following film cycles:

1964 - 1967
1968 - 1972
1973 - 1980
1981 - 1985 (Districts 01 through 7B only)

The FILM YR notation will also indicate the film cycle years of the imaged records in the PDF.

What if I complete my query options and nothing shows up?

Please make note if any error message or number displayed on the screen and send an e-mail to records@rrc.state.tx.us.  Also, check to make sure your pop-up blockers are turned off.  If you have entered information into several of the boxes on the search criteria page, you may want to search again using fewer data elements as usually less information is better when searching.  If you know either the lease number or API number, you do not need to also include the field name, lease name, etc. in your search.  The one number should be sufficient to locate the well records you need.  If the blank white screen of the PDF has appeared with a "Done" message at the bottom, please be patient as the file is still loading and will display momentarily.

How do I turn off pop-up blocking in my browser?

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. On the Tools menu, point to Pop-up Blocker, and then click Pop-up Blocker Settings.
  3. In the Address of Web site to allow box, type the address (or URL) of the RRC Oil and Gas Well Records web site (http://rrcsearch.neubus.com), and then click Add.

Netscape:

  1. On the Tools menu, select Options.
  2. Choose the Site Controls icon.
  3. Select the “Allow unrequested pop-up windows” checkbox in the Web Features section.

If you are running an add-on internet toolbar such as Google Toolbar, Yahoo! Toolbar, or a similar application, you will need to either add the RRC Oil and Gas Well Records web site to the list of pop-ups allowed or turn off the toolbar's pop-up blocker.

I'm having difficulty viewing the PDF file in its entirety. What can I do?

  • Upgrade to the most recent http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html version of the
    Acrobat Reader; for Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or later - Download file and then read it.
  • Right-click on the link to the desired PDF file and then choose Save Target As from the pop-up menu.
  • In the dialog box, specify a name and location for the PDF file, and then click Save.
  • Open and click Browse.
  • Choose All Files from the 'Files Of Type' pop-up menu.
  • Select the PDF file you saved and click Open. The Acrobat Reader should open the PDF file inside the browser window;
    OR for Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or later - Modify Browser Settings.
  • Open Acrobat Reader.
  • Click the Edit menu option.
  • Click Preferences.
  • Click Options (Reader 5) or Internet (Reader 6) on the left.
  • Under Web Browser Options, uncheck Display PDF in browser and Allow fast web view.
  • Click OK.

How do I print my results?

Printing from PDF

The original documents existed as various sized pages and therefore may affect the way the images can be printed out. The PDF viewer provides several ways to print the documents, either one at a time, or all at once with the same print settings. The Preview window will reflect the currently selected print settings.

printer page

Print Range:

  • All will print all the pages in the file.
  • Current View will print the page EXACTLY as you see it in the viewer.
  • If the image is enlarged to 200%, the printed copy will only contain the part of the image that you can see on the screen.
  • Current Page will only print the page currently in view.
  • Pages From-TO will print the pages in the specified range.

In conjunction with using the Print Range options, Page Handling contains some options of interest as well:

Page Handling:

    • None will not scale the page at all. Pages that are larger than the paper size that is currently selected in the printer will be cut-off.
    • Fit to Printer Margins will shrink or enlarge pages to print on the paper size that is currently selected in the printer.
    • Reduce to Printer Margins will always shrink pages down to the paper size that is currently selected in the printer.

 

When I click on Oversize I am unable to view the link. Why?

RRC’s well log files are stored and delivered in an image file format called "TIFF". TIFF provides a higher quality resolution for these images.

As a result, if you don't have one, you must install and use a browser plug-in -- similar to those required to access Adobe® PDF files, RealPlayer®, or Macromedia Flash® files -- on your workstation in order to view these files directly. An alternative method is to use third-party software or services to view these images either directly or after conversion to another format, such as Adobe® PDF. To find image software, search the internet for TIF Image Viewer.

I have the image viewer Quicktime, but still cannot view the TIFF files. What do you suggest?

If you have Quicktime already on your PC or have installed Quicktime, it automatically sets itself as the viewer for TIFF images. However, if this setting is selected, the application still cannot view TIFF images. To resolve this, you must remove Quicktime's association to image files. Follow the steps below to remove the association:

    1. Go to Start - Control Panel.
    2. Double click the Quicktime icon (if you do not have this icon, you will have to perform the Quicktime uninstall as described below.
    3. In the top drop down box, select File Type Associations.
    4. Click the File Types button
    5. Click the plus sign beside Images - Still image files
    6. Clear the TIF image file box.
    7. Click Apply and OK.

Or,

    1. In the top drop down box, select Browser Plug-In.
    2. Click the Mime Type Settings button.
    3. Click the plus sign beside Images - Still image files
    4. Clear the TIF image file box.
    5. Click Apply and OK and then exit.
    6. Exit your browser window and then go back in and Quicktime should no longer be the default application for TIF image files.

Another option is to uninstall and reinstall Quicktime:

    1. Uninstall Quicktime.
    2. Reinstall Quicktime (you may want to download the latest version).
    3. During the installation process, find the screen where you can uncheck TIF images as a type of image that Quicktime can view.

When I look at the TIFF file, it's so small I can't read it. How do I enlarge the image?

Most image viewers like Quicktime have Zoom In/Out functions. Often, the Zoom functions are represented by an icon zooming images . Each zoom reduces or enlarges the page by a factor of 2.

There may also be a dropdown in which to enter a custom percentage. To view the image at 100% of it's actual size, you would enter or select 100%. To view the image at half it's actual size, you would enter 50%, and so on.

Who do I contact if I need help?

The RRC has an email address exclusively for records search comments, suggestions and questions. That address is records@rrc.state.tx.us

What do I do if I need records from a date not covered by the record search?

You will need to contact the RRC Central Records Department either by phone at 512-463-6882 or by email at ims@rrc.state.tx.us.  Please review the Central Records Well Records page to learn more about the types of records that are available.

How do I find what district a county is in?

You can find this information available on the RRC web site at http://www.rrc.state.tx.us/forms/maps/ogicd.php. The Records search application makes this link available on its search query pages.

Can my field or lease be in more than one county?

Yes

How often is the database updated?

The database is updated daily with scanned images.

Do you use the state code 42 when searching using the API number?

No.  When searching by API number, use only the 3 digit county code followed by the 5 digit unique number assigned to the wellbore. The number should be entered as an 8 digit number (i.e. 12345678) with no punctuation.