Texas Monthly Oil and Gas Statistics

02/27/2013

JANUARY PERMITS TO DRILL

The Commission issued a total of 1,978 original drilling permits in January 2013 compared to 1,581 in January 2012. The January total included 1,819 permits to drill new oil and gas wells, 36 to re-enter existing well bores, and123 for re-completions. Permits issued in January 2013 included 603 oil, 138 gas, 1,172 oil and gas, 57 injection, zero service and eight other permits.

DECEMBER CRUDE OIL PRODUCTION

Texas preliminary December 2012 crude oil production averaged 1,413,709 barrels daily, up from the 1,045,816 barrels daily average of December 2011.

The preliminary Texas crude oil production figure for December 2012 is 43,824,975 barrels, up from 32,420, 281 barrels reported during December 2011.

JANUARY OIL AND GAS COMPLETIONS

In January 2013, operators reported 1,114 oil, 351 gas, 50 injection and five other completions compared to 765 oil, 234 gas, 18 injection and three other completions in January 2012.

Total well completions for 2013 year to date are 1,520 up from 1,020 recorded during the same period in 2012.

Operators reported 51 holes plugged and zero dry holes in January 2013 compared to 800 holes plugged and zero dry holes in January 2012.

DECEMBER NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION

Texas oil and gas wells produced 523,343,832 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) of gas based upon preliminary production figures for December 2012 down from the December 2011 preliminary gas production total of 530,873,658 Mcf. Texas preliminary December total gas production averaged 16,882,059 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) a day.

Texas production in December 2012 came from 137,981 oil wells and 87,727 gas wells.

TABLE 1 – JANUARY TEXAS OIL AND GAS DRILLING PERMITS AND COMPLETIONS BY DISTRICT
RAILROAD COMMISSION DISTRICTPERMITS TO DRILL OIL/GAS HOLESOIL COMPLETIONSGAS COMPLETIONS
(1) SAN ANTONIO AREA 311 145 9
(2) REFUGIO AREA 145 62 17
(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS 82 54 16
(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS 62 23 33
(5) EAST CENTRAL TX 7 5 5
(6) EAST TEXAS 42 15 59
(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX 65 52 0
(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA 214 148 7
(8) MIDLAND 658 458 2
(8A) LUBBOCK AREA 140 72 0
(9) NORTH TEXAS 174 38 155
(10) PANHANDLE 78 42 48
TABLE 2 – DECEMBER TEXAS TOP TEN OIL AND GAS PRODUCING COUNTIES RANKED BY PRELIMINARY PRODUCTION
COUNTYCRUDE OIL (BBLS)COUNTYTOTAL GAS (MCF)
1. KARNES 3,135,866 1. TARRANT 62,367,519
2. ANDREWS 2,490,744 2. JOHNSON 33,234,326
3. DE WITT 2,030,942 3. WEBB 20,947,545
4. GAINES 2,025,222 4. PANOLA 20,001,618
5. ECTOR 1,924,619 5. PECOS 19,793,641
6. LA SALLE 1,886,903 6. WISE 18,285,652
7. GONZALES 1,830,423 7. DENTON 17,649,838
8. YOAKUM 1,814,908 8. FREESTONE 14,749,941
9. MIDLAND 1,771,885 9. NACOGDOCHES 12,825,453
10. UPTON 1,757,702 10. WHEELER 11,618,750