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Texas Monthly Oil and Gas Statistics - December 28, 2012

12/27/2012

NOVEMBER PERMITS TO DRILL

The Commission issued a total of 1,586 original drilling permits in November 2012 compared to 1,878 in November 2011. The November total included 1,416 permits to drill new oil and gas wells, 33 to re-enter existing well bores, and 137 for re-completions. Permits issued in November 2012 included 446 oil, 127 gas, 941 oil and gas, 57 injection, two service and 13 other permits.

OCTOBER CRUDE OIL PRODUCTION

Texas preliminary October 2012 crude oil production averaged 1,328,323 barrels daily, up from the 996,583 barrels daily average of October 2011.

The preliminary Texas crude oil production figure for October 2012 is 41,178,007 barrels, up from 30,894,077 barrels reported during October 2011.

NOVEMBER OIL AND GAS COMPLETIONS

In November 2012, operators reported 1,486 oil, 279 gas, 41 injection and three other completions compared to 674 oil, 305 gas, 45 injection and one other completion in November 2011.

Total well completions for 2012 year to date are 13,997 up from 7,924 recorded during the same period in 2011.

Operators reported 385 holes plugged and three dry holes in November 2012 compared to 189 holes plugged and zero dry holes in November 2011.

OCTOBER NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION

Texas oil and gas wells produced 528,495,674 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) of gas based upon preliminary production figures for October 2012 down from the October 2011 preliminary gas production total of 530,931,972 Mcf. Texas preliminary October total gas production averaged 17,048,247 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) a day.

Texas production in October 2012 came from 132,073 oil wells and 84,302 gas wells.

TABLE 1 – NOVEMBER TEXAS OIL AND GAS DRILLING PERMITS AND COMPLETIONS BY DISTRICT
RAILROAD COMMISSION DISTRICTPERMITS TO DRILL OIL/GAS HOLESOIL COMPLETIONSGAS COMPLETIONS
 
(1) SAN ANTONIO AREA 273 146 30
(2) REFUGIO AREA 112 68 16
(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS 82 35 18
(5) EAST CENTRAL TX 21 4 10
(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX 55 117 20
(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA 176 178 1
(8) MIDLAND 444 769 4
(8A) LUBBOCK AREA 77 72 0
(9) NORTH TEXAS 158 59 57
(10) PANHANDLE 76 13 48
TABLE 2 – OCTOBER TEXAS TOP TEN OIL AND GAS PRODUCING COUNTIES RANKED BY PRELIMINARY PRODUCTION
COUNTYCRUDE OIL (BBLS)COUNTYTOTAL GAS (MCF)
1. ANDREWS 2,556,141 1. TARRANT 68,152,349
2. KARNES 2,276,252 2. JOHNSON 34,965,340
3. GAINES 2,048,101 3. WEBB 20,925,442
4. ECTOR 1,994,692 4. PECOS 20,604,677
5. GONZALES 1,863,370 5. WISE 18,456,135
6. YOAKUM 1,775,952 6. DENTON 17,971,375
7. LA SALLE 1,773,155 7. PANOLA 17,089,926
8. UPTON 1,753,824 8. FREESTONE 15,261,200
9. MIDLAND 1,731,208 9. NACOGDOCHES 13,791,137
10. MARTIN 1,647,433 10. ZAPATA 10,817,539