Texas Drilling Permit and Completion Statistics for January 2022

February 14, 2022

AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 820 original drilling permits in January 2022 compared to 512 in January 2021. The January 2022 total includes 713 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, nine to re-enter plugged wellbores, and 85 for re-completions of existing wellbores.

The breakdown of well types for original drilling permits in January 2022 is 198 oil, 79 gas, 497 oil or gas, 35 injection, and 11 other permits.

In January 2022, Commission staff processed 532 oil, 92 gas and 279 injection completions for new drills, re-entries and re-completions, compared to 583 oil, 104 gas, and 66 injection completions in January 2021.

Total well completions processed for 2022 year-to-date for new drills, re-entries and re-completions are 903 compared to 753 recorded during the same period in 2021.

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 2022 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

95

26

9

(2) REFUGIO AREA

45

37

6

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

10

10

1

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

11

0

10

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

5

1

0

(6) EAST TEXAS

31

1

7

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

18

14

0

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

54

56

0

(8) MIDLAND

379

268

36

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

13

12

0

(9) NORTH TEXAS

40

21

5

(10) PANHANDLE

12

9

2

TOTAL

713

455

76

*A district map is available 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 http://www.rrc.texas.gov/about-us/.