Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for October 2019

11/08/2019

AUSTIN ––The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 971 original drilling permits in October 2019 compared 1,149 in October 2018. The October 2019 total included 895 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 13 to re-enter plugged well bores and 63 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits is 249 oil, 39 gas, 608 oil or gas, 61 injection, three service and 11 other permits.

 

In October 2019, Commission staff processed 537 oil, 117 gas, 29 injection and six other completions compared to 987 oil, 170 gas, 49 injection and seven other completions in October 2018. Total well completions processed for 2019 year to date are 7,763; down from 9,254 recorded during the same time period in 2018.

 

According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of Nov.1 was 416, representing about 51 percent of all active rigs in the United States.

 

For additional drilling permit and completion statistics, visit the Commission’s website at:

 

https://www.rrc.texas.gov/oil-gas/research-and-statistics/well-information/monthly-drilling-completion-and-plugging-summaries/


TABLE 1 – OCTOBER 2019 TEXAS OIL AND GAS DRILLING PERMITS AND COMPLETIONS BY RAILROAD COMMISSION OF TEXAS DISTRICT*

DISTRICT

PERMITS TO DRILL OIL/GAS HOLES

NEW OIL COMPLETIONS

NEW GAS COMPLETIONS

(1) SAN ANTONIO AREA

128

109

37

(2) REFUGIO AREA

72

58

11

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

43

16

1

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

13

2

15

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

1

1

2

(6) EAST TEXAS

34

5

7

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

14

10

1

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

70

27

0

(8) MIDLAND

500

276

39

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

55

13

0

(9) NORTH TEXAS

30

19

3

(10) PANHANDLE

11

1

1

TOTAL

971

537

117

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

 

About the Railroad Commission

Our mission is to serve Texas by our stewardship of natural resources and the environment, our concern for personal and community safety, and our support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans. The Commission has a long and proud history of service to both Texas and to the nation, including almost 100 years regulating the oil and gas industry. The Commission also has jurisdiction over alternative fuels safety, natural gas utilities, surface mining and intrastate pipelines. Established in 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas is the oldest regulatory agency in the state. To learn more, please visit http://www.rrc.texas.gov.