Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for September 2015

10/09/2015

AUSTIN –– The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 906 original drilling permits in September 2015 compared to 3,013 in September 2014. The September total included 795 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, six to re-enter plugged well bores and 105 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits issued in September 2015 included 202 oil, 77 gas, 582 oil or gas, 34 injection, zero service and 11 other permits.

In September 2015, Commission staff processed 1,153 oil, 284 gas, 41 injection and six other completions compared to 2,048 oil, 328 gas, 109 injection and seven other completions in September 2014. Total well completions for 2015 year to date are 16,149 down from 23,149 recorded during the same period in 2014.

According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of October 9 was 353, representing about 44 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 – SEPTEMBER 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

126

252

59

(2) REFUGIO AREA

109

101

44

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

49

80

7

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

19

29

27

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

25

10

3

(6) EAST TEXAS

30

15

8

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

35

27

1

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

86

92

1

(8) MIDLAND

302

504

43

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

46

56

0

(9) NORTH TEXAS

60

122

66

(10) PANHANDLE

19

76

25

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