Production Data Query System (PDQ)

How does the Railroad Commission of Texas calculate production that appears on the website?

In Texas, production is reported by each oil and gas lease rather than individual well. In the case of an oil lease, reported monthly production includes production from all of the wells on the lease, and a single oil lease might include numerous oil wells. Gas leases contain one gas well per lease.

Production reports are due from operators on the last day of the month for the previous month. For example, at the end of August, July production reports are due. For this reason, there is a two-month lag time for online production information.

Production information reported by the Commission is taken directly from the reports submitted to the Commission by the operators.

Production reports reflect a snapshot in time. For this reason, production information may change and be updated as the Commission receives revised, corrected or delinquent production reports from operators.

Historically, production records are substantially complete after about six months.

To obtain the most up-to-date information for your purposes, we suggest that you use the Texas Monthly Oil and Gas Production data available on the Commission website at http://www.rrc.texas.gov/oil-gas/research-and-statistics/production-data/texas-monthly-oil-gas-production/

Can I download or export query results?

The Production Data Query does not have the capability to download or export query results. However, the Production Database can be purchased. The format of the Production Database dump is Oracle Tables. More information on Data Sets Available for Purchase is available on the Commission’s website [http://www.rrc.texas.gov/about-us/resource-center/research/data-sets-available-for-purchase/production-data/#pdq_dump]. As an alternative for smaller quantities of data, the information can be copied and pasted into an application of your choice.

The production data in PDQ doesn't match the data I get from the federal Energy Information Administration. Can you explain the difference?

The Railroad Commission of Texas’ crude oil production data reflects only crude oil produced from oil leases as reported by operators. The Commission’s data does not include condensate, which are liquid hydrocarbons produced from a gas well. Our data comes directly from production reports filed by operators.

The Railroad Commission of Texas does not have the details on the methodology US-EIA uses. However, staff at US-EIA has clarified that their production figures are production estimates only. Inquiries about US-EIA data should be directed to US-EIA: http://www.eia.gov/.

What type of information can you find using PDQ?

PDQ offers information concerning oil and gas production in the State of Texas by lease, field, operator, district or county from January 1993 to present.

Who do I contact if I need help?

You can contact the Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) with PDQ comments, suggestions or questions at ProductionReporting-Info@rrc.texas.gov.

What do I do if I need a report from a date not covered by PDQ?

To obtain reports before January 1993, you can contact the Commission’s Central Records Department at 512-463-6882 or ims@rrc.texas.gov.

Why can't I use the back button?

Using the browser’s Back button can cause inconsistent query results when in PDQ. This is common with dynamically generated web pages created from queries. Using the Query Path links provided in the resulting data to navigate to the different levels of the query results is recommended.

What are the disposition codes listed in the disposition table?

Disposition codes provide the breakdown of the various ways oil or gas leases dispose of their products. A complete listing of the various codes is available in the Disposition Details view in PDQ or on the Oil & Gas Forms web page on the Railroad Commission of Texas website.

How do I find what district a county is in?

District by county information is available on the Commission’s website [http://www.rrc.texas.gov/about-us/organization-activities/rrc-locations/#OilGasLocations]. In addition, links to district by county information is available on many results pages in PDQ.

How do I find what county my lease is in?

If you know what district your lease is in you may query on this. In the results locate your lease, click on the lease and then view the information by County Production. If you don't know what district, then you will need to know what Field. Enter this information and then view by County.

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

Yes. A field or lease can be in more than one county.

How do I find the county for an offshore lease?

Counties for offshore leases are available on the Commission’s website [http://www.rrc.texas.gov/media/8992/cty_coast_offshore.pdf ]. In addition, links to offshore lease counties is available on many results pages in PDQ.

Can I change the date range in my results?

Yes. On the results page you will find the date range boxes listing the initial query criteria. You can change the dates in these boxes and hit submit. New results will be available based on the new date range.

How can I copy the results into an Excel spreadsheet?

To copy the results table into an Excel spreadsheet, highlight the entire table by moving your mouse cursor beginning at the header or titles of the columns. Hold down the left button of your mouse and move the cursor over the column headers (left to right) and then down the page until you have highlighted the entire table or specific information you are interested in copying. Click on the right mouse button and a pop-up window should appear listing several options, click copy. Open an Excel workbook and click the first cell you want the information to populate. Click the right mouse button and a pop-up window should appear listing several options, click paste. (Note: Some browsers will allow you to highlight the entire table without having to scroll down the entire table by moving your cursor to the far right of the table whenyou are highlighting the column headers.)

How often is the database updated?

The PDQ is updated monthly. The date of last update will appear on the PDQ home page at the bottom.

How do I find my lease number if all I have is an API number?

All wells listed on the Commission’s proration schedules are included within the Wellbore Query on the Commission’s website [http://webapps2.rrc.texas.gov/EWA/wellboreQueryAction.do]. Key in your API number and the query will provide the lease name along with other information, including the lease number. With the lease number you can access PDQ to obtain the production data.

Do you have an on-line instructional video on how to use the PDQ application?

Yes. You can take a tour of the PDQ application on the Commission’s website [http://www.rrc.texas.gov/oil-gas/research-and-statistics/production-data/production-data-query-system-tour/] using Adobe Flash or RealMedia. The tour will show you how to do a general query or specific lease query.