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RAILROAD COMMISSION OF TEXAS
NEWS RELEASE - NOVEMBER 28, 2012

BARRY T. SMITHERMAN
Chairman
DAVID PORTER
Commissioner
BUDDY GARCIA
Commissioner
 
Contact: Gaye Greever McElwain 512-463-5126


TEXAS MONTHLY OIL AND GAS STATISTICS

OCTOBER PERMITS TO DRILL

The Commission issued a total of 1,873 original drilling permits in October 2012 compared to 1,771 in October 2011. The October total included 1,686 permits to drill new oil and gas wells, 44 to re-enter existing well bores, and 143 for re-completions. Permits issued in October 2012 included 555 oil, 135 gas, 1,096 oil and gas, 79 injection, one service and seven other permits.

SEPTEMBER CRUDE OIL PRODUCTION

Texas preliminary September 2012 crude oil production averaged 1,343,569 barrels daily, up from the 1,011,001 barrels daily average of September 2011.

The preliminary Texas crude oil production figure for September 2012 is 40,307,058 barrels, up from 30,330,018 barrels reported during September 2011.

OCTOBER OIL AND GAS COMPLETIONS

In October 2012, operators reported 1,059 oil, 257 gas, 32 injection and four other completions compared to 704 oil, 229 gas, 22 injection and one other completion in October 2011.

Total well completions for 2012 year to date are 12,188 up from 6,900 recorded during the same period in 2011.

Operators reported 605 holes plugged and two dry holes in October 2012 compared to 863 holes plugged and zero dry holes in October 2011.

SEPTEMBER NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION

Texas oil and gas wells produced 529,633,737 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) of gas based upon preliminary production figures for September 2012 up from the September 2011 preliminary gas production total of 527,116,072 Mcf. Texas preliminary September total gas production averaged 17,654,458 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) a day.

Texas production in September 2012 came from 142,859 oil wells and 90,604 gas wells.

TABLE 1 – OCTOBER 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 281 166 14
(2) REFUGIO AREA 175 58 36
(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS 90 55 30
(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS 44 2 9
(5) EAST CENTRAL TX 14 6 13
(6) EAST TEXAS 55 12 32
(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX 88 11 7
(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA 178 149 7
(8) MIDLAND 588 444 1
(8A) LUBBOCK AREA 110 58 1
(9) NORTH TEXAS 185 65 72
(10) PANHANDLE 65 33 35
TABLE 2 – SEPTEMBER TEXAS TOP TEN OIL AND GAS PRODUCING COUNTIES RANKED BY PRELIMINARY PRODUCTION
COUNTY CRUDE OIL (BBLS) COUNTY TOTAL GAS (MCF)
1. KARNES 2,946,392 1. TARRANT 66,768,026
2. ANDREWS 2,486,766 2. JOHNSON 34,142,768
3. GAINES 1,993,334 3. WEBB 22,867,946
4. GONZALES 1,958,020 4. PECOS 19,216,133
5. ECTOR 1,926,952 5. PANOLA 18,587,733
6. YOAKUM 1,698,381 6. WISE 18,291,462
7. MIDLAND 1,682,433 7. DENTON 17,635,098
8. UPTON 1,671,091 8. FREESTONE 15,038,594
9. LA SALLE 1,558,283 9. NACOGDOCHES 12,595,994
10. MARTIN 1,536,643 10. ZAPATA 10,945,047