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Texas Monthly Oil and Gas Statistics - June 29, 2012

06/29/2012

MAY PERMITS TO DRILL

The Commission issued a total of 2,530 original drilling permits in May 2012 compared to 2,306  in May 2011.  The May total included 2,301 permits to drill new oil and gas wells, 62 to re-enter existing well bores, and 167 for re-completions.  Permits issued in May 2012 included 694 oil, 169 gas, 1,569 oil and gas, 68 injection, six service and 24 other permits.

APRIL CRUDE OIL PRODUCTION

Texas preliminary April 2012 crude oil production averaged 1,197,978 barrels daily, up from the 958,283 barrels daily average of April 2011.

The preliminary Texas crude oil production figure for April 2012 is 35,939,326 barrels, up from 28,748,479 barrels reported during April 2011.

MAY OIL AND GAS COMPLETIONS

In May 2012, operators reported 887 oil, 336 gas, 32 injection and one other completion compared to 353 oil, 152 gas, 36 injection and one other completion in May 2011.

Total well completions for 2012 year to date are 6,246 up from 3,575 recorded during the same period in 2011.

Operators reported 1,122 holes plugged and one dry hole in May 2012 compared to 516 holes plugged and one dry hole in May 2011.

APRIL NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION

Texas oil and gas wells produced 505,775,608 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) of gas based upon preliminary production figures for April 2012 down from the April 2011 preliminary gas production total of 542,087,609 Mcf. Texas preliminary April total gas production averaged 16,859,187 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) a day.

Texas production in April 2012 came from 140,477 oil wells and 86,026gas wells.

TABLE 1 - GAS DRILLING PERMITS AND COMPLETIONS BY DISTRICT

 

RAILROAD COMMISSION DISTRICT

 

 

PERMITS TO DRILL OIL/GAS HOLES

 

OIL COMPLETIONS

 

GAS

COMPLETIONS

(1) SAN ANTONIO AREA

 

549

179

25

(2) REFUGIO AREA

 

150

58

12

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

 

99

29

18

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

 

67

1

27

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

 

25

1

2

(6) EAST TEXAS

 

51

9

49

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

 

123

45

5

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

 

249

79

19

(8) MIDLAND

 

755

390

3

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

 

108

61

2

(9) NORTH TEXAS

 

269

21

151

(10) PANHANDLE

 

85

14

23

 

TABLE 2 – APRIL TEXAS TOP TEN OIL AND GAS PRODUCING COUNTIES RANKED BY PRELIMINARYPRODUCTION

COUNTY

 

CRUDE OIL (BBLS)

COUNTY

TOTAL GAS (MCF)

  1. ANDREWS

 

2,356,571

  1. TARRANT

63,403,616

  1. KARNES

 

2,197,215

  1. JOHNSON

34,360,181

  1. GAINES

 

2,032,952

  1. PECOS

20,044,592

  1. ECTOR

 

1,783,067

  1. PANOLA

18,061,853

  1. YOAKUM

1,727,293

  1. WISE

17,564,262

  1. UPTON

 

1,552,593

  1. DENTON

16,907,667

  1. MIDLAND

 

1,447,992

  1. FREESTONE

16,080,063

  1. MARTIN

 

1,441,011

  1. WEBB

15,240,188

  1. HOCKLEY

 

1,246,813

  1. NACOGDOCHES

11,416,459

10. SCURRY

 

1,161,987

10. ROBERTSON

10,013,700