Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for August 2015

09/15/2015

AUSTIN –– The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 864 original drilling permits in August 2015 compared to 2,440 in August 2014. The August total included 730 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 14 to re-enter plugged well bores, and 120 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits issued in August 2015 included 222 oil, 59 gas, 518 oil or gas, 54 injection, zero service and 11 other permits.

In August 2015, Commission staff processed 1,113 oil, 172 gas, 36 injection and 11 other completions compared to 2,157 oil, 303 gas, 92 injection and four other completions in August 2014. Total well completions for 2015 year to date are 14,665 down from 20,657 recorded during the same period in 2014.

According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of September 11 was 366, representing about 43 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 – AUGUST 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

125

229

32

(2) REFUGIO AREA

93

91

32

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

32

72

1

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

21

34

26

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

13

52

7

(6) EAST TEXAS

37

37

16

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

45

36

11

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

50

136

1

(8) MIDLAND

336

509

24

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

40

62

0

(9) NORTH TEXAS

56

48

15

(10) PANHANDLE

14

26

7


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