Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for December 2016

01/10/2017

AUSTIN –– The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 1,009 original drilling permits in December 2016 compared to 727 in December 2015. The December total included 909 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 17 to re-enter plugged well bores and 83 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits issued December 2016 included 267 oil, 57 gas, 612 oil or gas, 62 injection, zero service and 11 other permits.

In December 2016, Commission staff processed 430 oil, 93 gas, 20 injection and two other completions compared to 788 oil, 151 gas, 53 injection and one other completions in December 2015. Total well completions for 2016 are 10,468; down from 19,503 recorded in 2015.

According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of January 6 was 327, representing about 49 percent of all active rigs in the United States.

For additional drilling permit and completion statistics, visit the Commission’s website at http://www.rrc.texas.gov/oil-gas/research-and-statistics/well-information/monthly-drilling-completion-and-plugging-summaries/.


TABLE 1
– DECEMBER 2016 TEXAS OIL AND GAS DRILLING PERMITS AND COMPLETIONS BY RAILROAD COMMISSION OF TEXAS DISTRICT*

DISTRICT

PERMITS TO DRILL OIL/GAS HOLES

OIL COMPLETIONS

GAS COMPLETIONS

(1) SAN ANTONIO AREA

143

93

13

(2) REFUGIO AREA

121

33

19

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

35

11

22

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

23

3

7

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

10

1

0

(6) EAST TEXAS

38

12

5

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

37

11

2

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

89

34

0

(8) MIDLAND

374

159

10

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

88

39

0

(9) NORTH TEXAS

35

26

2

(10) PANHANDLE

16

8

13

TOTAL

1,009

430

93

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

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