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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please make note if any error message or number displayed on the screen and send an e-mail to email@example.com. 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.
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.
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.
In conjunction with using the Print Range options, Page Handling contains some options of interest as well:
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.
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:
Another option is to uninstall and reinstall Quicktime:
Most image viewers like Quicktime have Zoom In/Out functions. Often, the Zoom functions are represented by an icon . 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.
The RRC has an email address exclusively for records search comments, suggestions and questions. That address is firstname.lastname@example.org
You will need to contact the RRC Central Records Department either by phone at 512-463-6882 or by email at email@example.com. Please review the Central Records Well Records page to learn more about the types of records that are available.
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.
The database is updated daily with scanned images.
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.