Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for March 2017

04/07/2017

AUSTIN –– The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 1,310 original drilling permits in March 2017 compared to 511 in March 2016. The March total included 1,144 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 11 to re-enter plugged well bores and 155 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits issued March 2017 included 284 oil, 56 gas, 893 oil or gas, 51 injection, one service and 25 other permits.

In March 2017, Commission staff processed 586 oil, 77 gas, 49 injection and zero other completions compared to 947 oil, 194 gas, 33 injection and eight other completions in March 2016. Total well completions for 2017 year to date are 1,925; down from 3,452 recorded during the same period in 2016.

According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of April 7 was 418, 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 – MARCH 2017 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

146

77

11

(2) REFUGIO AREA

140

78

5

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

45

13

6

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

24

4

10

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

11

6

2

(6) EAST TEXAS

48

7

6

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

48

15

1

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

120

32

0

(8) MIDLAND

585

264

19

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

67

52

1

(9) NORTH TEXAS

53

25

3

(10) PANHANDLE

23

13

13

TOTAL

1,310

586

77

*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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