Capitol Complex Construction

If you are planning to visit the Railroad Commission’s Austin offices in the William B. Travis state office building, please be aware of changes to traffic patterns and the availability of metered parking in the area due to the Capitol Complex Construction project.  Click here for additional information.

Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for February 2018

03/09/2018

AUSTIN –– The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 1,097 original drilling permits in February 2018 compared to 991 in February 2017. The February total included 975 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 15 to re-enter plugged well bores and 107 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits issued February 2018 included 284 oil, 87 gas, 647 oil or gas, 68 injection, zero service and 11 other permits.

In February 2018, Commission staff processed 672 oil, 149 gas, 56 injection and five other completions compared to 533 oil, 95 gas, 49 injection and zero other completions in February 2017. Total well completions processed for 2018 are 1,845; up from 1,213 recorded in 2017.

According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of March 9 was 490, representing about 50 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 – FEBRUARY 2018 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

131

40

3

(2) REFUGIO AREA

112

26

27

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

45

24

8

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

43

7

8

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

18

7

1

(6) EAST TEXAS

62

8

21

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

38

28

2

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

62

75

0

(8) MIDLAND

455

401

49

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

56

10

0

(9) NORTH TEXAS

52

41

17

(10) PANHANDLE

23

5

13

TOTAL

1,097

672

149

*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.