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Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for October 2016

11/08/2016

AUSTIN –– The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 855 original drilling permits in October 2016 compared to 822 in October 2015. The October total included 679 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 10 to re-enter plugged well bores and 166 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits issued October 2016 included 211 oil, 45 gas, 562 oil or gas, 26 injection, zero service and 11 other permits.

In October 2016, Commission staff processed 445 oil, 203 gas, 20 injection and zero other completions compared to 1,138 oil, 196 gas, 53 injection and nine other completions in October 2015. Total well completions for 2016 year to date are 9,405 down from 17,545 recorded during the same period in 2015.

According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of November 4 was 262, representing about 46 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
– OCTOBER 2016 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

70

107

96

(2) REFUGIO AREA

67

39

18

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

33

10

34

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

24

2

13

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

11

4

0

(6) EAST TEXAS

22

0

8

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

22

15

4

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

76

53

0

(8) MIDLAND

359

163

6

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

124

27

2

(9) NORTH TEXAS

27

23

5

(10) PANHANDLE

20

2

17

TOTAL

855

445

203

*A district map is available on the Railroad Commission of Texas website at http://www.rrc.texas.gov/media/21430/districts_color_8x11.pdf.

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