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Texas Drilling Permit and Completion Statistics for January 2023

February 09, 2023

AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 840 original drilling permits in January 2023. The total includes 743 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 6 to re-enter plugged wellbores and 80 for re-completions of existing wellbores.

The breakdown of well types for total original drilling permits in January 2023 is: 197 oil, 57 gas, 550 oil or gas, 29 injection, and seven other permits.

In January 2023, Commission staff processed 147 oil, 214 gas and 229 injection completions for new drills, re-entries and re-completions.

Detailed data on drilling permits and well completions for the month can be found at this link:

https://www.rrc.texas.gov/oil-and-gas/research-and-statistics/drilling-information/monthly-drilling-completion-and-plugging-summaries/

 

TABLE 1 – JANUARY 2023 TEXAS OIL AND GAS NEW DRILLING PERMITS AND COMPLETIONS BY RAILROAD COMMISSION OF TEXAS DISTRICT*

DISTRICT

PERMITS TO DRILL NEW OIL/GAS HOLES

NEW OIL COMPLETIONS

NEW GAS COMPLETIONS

(1) SAN ANTONIO AREA

107

69

42

(2) REFUGIO AREA

51

54

24

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

14

17

5

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

9

0

7

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

3

6

1

(6) EAST TEXAS

30

4

47

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

14

10

0

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

59

61

0

(8) MIDLAND

394

313

53

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

17

12

0

(9) NORTH TEXAS

38

11

12

(10) PANHANDLE

7

3

5

TOTAL

743

560

196

*A district map is available on the Railroad Commission of Texas website at https://rrc.texas.gov/media/3bkhbut0/districts_color_8x11.pdf.


About the Railroad Commission:
Our mission is to serve Texas by our stewardship of natural resources and the environment, our concern for personal and community safety, and our support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans. The Commission has a long and proud history of service to both Texas and to the nation, including almost 100 years regulating the oil and gas industry. The Commission also has jurisdiction over alternative fuels safety, natural gas utilities, surface mining and intrastate pipelines. Established in 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas is the oldest regulatory agency in the state. To learn more, please visit https://www.rrc.texas.gov/about-us/.