RRC Holiday Closure

In observance of the 4th of July Holiday, the Railroad Commission of Texas will be closed Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4. The agency will reopen for business on Wednesday, July 5.

TEXAS MONTHLY OIL AND GAS STATISTICS

05/29/2012

APRIL PERMITS TO DRILL

The Commission issued a total of 2,021 original drilling permits in April 2012 compared to 2,011 in April 2011. The April total included 1,836 permits to drill new oil and gas wells, 61 to re-enter existing well bores, and 124 for re-completions. Permits issued in April 2012 included 646 oil, 192 gas, 1,094 oil and gas, 73 injection, two service and 14 other permits.

MARCH CRUDE OIL PRODUCTION

Texas preliminary March 2012 crude oil production averaged 1,182,251 barrels daily, up from the 969,007 barrels daily average of March 2011.

The preliminary Texas crude oil production figure for March 2012 is 36,649,796 barrels, up from 30,039,224 barrels reported during March 2011.

APRIL OIL AND GAS COMPLETIONS

In April 2012, operators reported 780 oil, 360 gas, 54 injection and zero other completions compared to 597 oil, 265 gas, 23 injection and zero other completions in April 2011.

Total well completions for 2012 year to date are 4,991 up from 3,033 recorded during the same period in 2011.

Operators reported 1,162 holes plugged and three dry holes in April 2012 compared to 325 holes plugged and zero dry holes in April 2011. 

MARCH NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION

Texas oil and gas wells produced 539,443,341 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) of gas based upon preliminary production figures for March 2012 down from the March 2011 preliminary gas production total of 564,450,477 Mcf.

Texas production in March 2012 came from 142,031 oil wells and 91,396 gas wells.

 

TABLE 1 – APRIL TEXAS OIL AND GAS DRILLING PERMITS AND COMPLETIONS BY DISTRICT
RAILROAD COMMISSION DISTRICTPERMITS TO DRILL OIL/GAS HOLESOIL COMPLETIONSGAS COMPLETIONS
(1) SAN ANTONIO AREA 396 109 3
(2) REFUGIO AREA 155 78 27
(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS 77 69 22
(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS 52 0 38
(5) EAST CENTRAL TX 24 3 17
(6) EAST TEXAS 56 7 62
(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX 92 78 1
(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA 159 51 11
(8) MIDLAND 626 338 0
(8A) LUBBOCK AREA 84 12 0
(9) NORTH TEXAS 208 19 159
(10) PANHANDLE 92 16 20
TABLE 2 – MARCH TEXAS TOP TEN OIL AND GAS PRODUCING COUNTIES RANKED BY PRELIMINARY PRODUCTION
COUNTYCRUDE OIL (BBLS)COUNTYTOTAL GAS (MCF)
1. ANDREWS 2,481,527 1. TARRANT 65,835,956
2. GAINES 2,078,318 2. JOHNSON 38,673,452
3. ECTOR 1,963,967 3. WEBB 22,788,287
4. YOAKUM 1,802,815 4. PECOS 21,575,890
5. MIDLAND 1,632,850 5. PANOLA 18,462,297
6. UPTON 1,602,060 6. WISE 17,910,873
7. KARNES 1,568,632 7. DENTON 17,681,422
8. MARTIN 1,513,611 8. FREESTONE 16,810,249
9. HOCKLEY 1,282,860 9. ZAPATA 12,551,345
10. SCURRY 1,165,313 10. ROBERTSON 11,106,198