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RAILROAD COMMISSION OF TEXAS
NEWS RELEASE - FEBRUARY 27, 2012

ELIZABETH AMES JONES
Chairman
DAVID PORTER
Commissioner
BARRY T. SMITHERMAN
Commissioner
 
Contact: Ramona Nye 512-463-4817


TEXAS MONTHLY OIL AND GAS STATISTICS

JANUARY PERMITS TO DRILL

The Commission issued a total of 1,581 original drilling permits in January 2012 compared to 1,484 in January 2011. The January total included 1,442 permits to drill new oil and gas wells, 32 to re-enter existing well bores, and 107 for re-completions. Permits issued in January 2012 included 470 oil, 165 gas, 883 oil and gas, 54 injection, two service and seven other permits.

DECEMBER CRUDE OIL PRODUCTION

Texas preliminary December 2011 crude oil production averaged 1,045,816 barrels daily, up from the 942,114 barrels daily average of December 2010.

The preliminary Texas crude oil production figure for December 2011 is 32,420,281 barrels, up from 29,205,524 barrels reported during December 2010.

JANUARY OIL AND GAS COMPLETIONS

In January 2012, operators reported 765 oil, 234 gas, 18 injection and three other completions compared to 368 oil, 286 gas, 27 injection and zero other completions in January 2011.

Total well completions for 2012 year to date are 1,020 up from 681 recorded during the same period in 2011.

Operators reported 800 holes plugged and zero dry holes in January 2012 compared to 600 holes plugged and two dry holes in January 2011.

DECEMBER NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION

Texas oil and gas wells produced 530,873,658 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) of gas based upon preliminary production figures for December 2011 down from the December 2010 preliminary gas production total of 559,443,990 Mcf.

Texas production in December 2011 came from 135,328 oil wells and 87,372 gas wells.

 

TABLE 1 – JANUARY TEXAS OIL AND GAS DRILLING PERMITS AND COMPLETIONS BY DISTRICT
RAILROAD COMMISSION DISTRICT PERMITS TO DRILL OIL/GAS HOLES OIL COMPLETIONS GAS COMPLETIONS
(1) SAN ANTONIO AREA 241 86 15
(2) REFUGIO AREA 73 91 25
(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS 83 30 0
(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS 49 9 38
(5) EAST CENTRAL TX 21 0 7
(6) EAST TEXAS 43 3 33
(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX 82 42 9
(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA 166 53 18
(8) MIDLAND 493 394 2
(8A) LUBBOCK AREA 82 12 0
(9) NORTH TEXAS 155 41 68
(10) PANHANDLE 93 4 19
TABLE 2 – DECEMBER TEXAS TOP TEN OIL AND GAS PRODUCING COUNTIES RANKED BY PRELIMINARY PRODUCTION
COUNTY CRUDE OIL (BBLS) COUNTY TOTAL GAS (MCF)
1. ANDREWS 2,294,495 1. TARRANT 64,790,483
2. GAINES 2,124,264 2. JOHNSON 39,560,807
3. YOAKUM 1,805,359 3. PECOS 21,803,699
4. ECTOR 1,729,837 4. WEBB 21,586,240
5. UPTON 1,627,093 5. DENTON 19,892,140
6. MIDLAND 1,570,326 6. PANOLA 18,767,485
7. MARTIN 1,317,633 7. WISE 17,956,051
8. HOCKLEY 1,300,638 8. FREESTONE 17,373,069
9. SCURRY 1,178,243 9. ZAPATA 13,362,709
10. KARNES 1,073,665 10. ROBERTSON 13,265,560