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Texas Monthly Oil and Gas Statistics

05/30/2013

 APRIL PERMITS TO DRILL

The Commission issued a total of 1,996 original drilling permits in April 2013 compared to 2,021 in April 2012. The April total included 1,765 permits to drill new oil and gas wells, 42 to re-enter existing well bores, and 189 for re-completions. Permits issued in April 2013 included 615 oil, 111 gas, 1,206 oil and gas, 49 injection, six service and nine other permits.

MARCH CRUDE OIL PRODUCTION

Texas preliminary March 2013 crude oil production averaged 1,615,735 barrels daily, up from the 1,182,251 barrels daily average of March 2012.

The preliminary Texas crude oil production figure for March 2013 is 50,087,788 barrels, up from 36,649,796 barrels reported during March 2012.

APRIL OIL AND GAS COMPLETIONS

In April 2013, operators reported 1,894 oil, 505 gas, 88 injection and seven other completions compared to 780 oil, 360 gas, 54 injection and zero other completions in April 2012.

Total well completions for 2013 year to date are 7,449 up from 4,991 recorded during the same period in 2012.

Operators reported 69 holes plugged and zero dry holes in April 2013 compared to 1,162 holes plugged and three dry holes in April 2012.

MARCH NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION

Texas oil and gas wells produced 570,315,687 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) of gas based upon preliminary production figures for March 2013 up from the March 2012 preliminary gas production total of 539,443,341 Mcf. Texas preliminary March total gas production averaged 18,397,280 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) a day.

Texas production in March 2013 came from 150,856 oil wells and 91,529 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 377 343 99
(2) REFUGIO AREA 138 72 36
(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS 110 41 15
(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS 55 9 55
(5) EAST CENTRAL TX 21 2 8
(6) EAST TEXAS 39 27 63
(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX 82 58 2
(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA 165 321 2
(8) MIDLAND 659 785 11
(8A) LUBBOCK AREA 123 54 0
(9) NORTH TEXAS 151 163 124
(10) PANHANDLE 76 19 90
TABLE 2 – MARCH TEXAS TOP TEN OIL AND GAS PRODUCING COUNTIES RANKED BY PRELIMINARY PRODUCTION
COUNTYCRUDE OIL (BBLS)COUNTYTOTAL GAS (MCF)
1. KARNES 4,205,438 1. TARRANT 66,336,702
2. GONZALES 2,723,743 2. JOHNSON 33,361,263
3. LA SALLE 2,654,956 3. WEBB 22,834,388
4. DE WITT 2,300,091 4. PANOLA 20,360,096
5. ANDREWS 2,276,422 5. PECOS 19,381,443
6. GAINES 1,970,517 6. WISE 19,368,771
7. ECTOR 1,890,225 7. DENTON 17,892,108
8. MIDLAND 1,844,007 8. FREESTONE 15,352,137
9. YOAKUM 1,840,557 9. WHEELER 14,806,039
10. MARTIN 1,835,478 10. NACOGDOCHES 12,955,794