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Texas Monthly Oil and Gas Statistics

06/28/2013

 MAY PERMITS TO DRILL

The Commission issued a total of 1,931 original drilling permits in May 2013 compared to 2,530 in May 2012. The May total included 1,727 permits to drill new oil and gas wells, 33 to re-enter existing well bores, and 171 for re-completions. Permits issued in May 2013 included 582 oil, 123 gas, 1,145 oil and gas, 67 injection, four service and 10 other permits.

APRIL CRUDE OIL PRODUCTION

Texas preliminary April 2013 crude oil production averaged 1,607,390 barrels daily, up from the 1,197,978 barrels daily average of April 2012.

The preliminary Texas crude oil production figure for April 2013 is 48,221,702 barrels, up from 35,939,326 barrels reported during April 2012.

MAY OIL AND GAS COMPLETIONS

In May 2013, operators reported 2,395 oil, 521 gas, 62 injection and 10 other completions compared to 887 oil, 336 gas, 32 injection and one other completion in May 2012.

Total well completions for 2013 year to date are 10,437 up from 6,246 recorded during the same period in 2012.

Operators reported 131 holes plugged and zero dry holes in May 2013 compared to 1,122 holes plugged and one dry hole in May 2012.

APRIL NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION

Texas oil and gas wells produced 538,662,626 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) of gas based upon preliminary production figures for April 2013 up from the April 2012 preliminary gas production total of 505,775,608 Mcf. Texas preliminary April total gas production averaged 17,955,420 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) a day.

Texas production in April 2013 came from 143,552 oil wells and 88,205 gas wells.

TABLE 1 – MAY TEXAS OIL AND GAS DRILLING PERMITS AND COMPLETIONS BY DISTRICT
RAILROAD COMMISSION DISTRICTPERMITS TO DRILL OIL/GAS HOLESOIL COMPLETIONSGAS COMPLETIONS
(1) SAN ANTONIO AREA 347 278 117
(2) REFUGIO AREA 130 129 54
(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS 101 7 7
(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS 51 0 38
(5) EAST CENTRAL TX 30 4 15
(6) EAST TEXAS 59 9 71
(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX 102 46 23
(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA 169 259 3
(8) MIDLAND 632 1,467 3
(8A) LUBBOCK AREA 83 48 0
(9) NORTH TEXAS 130 124 119
(10) PANHANDLE 97 24 71
TABLE 2 – APRIL TEXAS TOP TEN OIL AND GAS PRODUCING COUNTIES RANKED BY PRELIMINARY PRODUCTION
COUNTYCRUDE OIL (BBLS)COUNTYTOTAL GAS (MCF)
1. KARNES 3,820,561 1. TARRANT 56,759,254
2. GONZALES 2,635,422 2. JOHNSON 31,620,595
3. LA SALLE 2,507,777 3. PANOLA 23,255,377
4. DE WITT 2,266,256 4. WEBB 22,551,015
5. ANDREWS 2,161,603 5. PECOS 18,892,068
6. ECTOR 1,872,916 6. WISE 18,454,508
7. GAINES 1,872,751 7. DENTON 15,991,799
8. UPTON 1,831,416 8. WHEELER 15,527,021
9. YOAKUM 1,798,900 9. FREESTONE 14,310,424
10. MIDLAND 1,746,944 10. DE WITT 12,324,772