Texas Drilling Permit and Completion Statistics for March 2022

April 11, 2022

AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 1,176 original drilling permits in March 2022 compared to 798 in March 2021. The March 2022 total includes 1,035 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, seven to re-enter plugged wellbores and 113 for re-completions of existing wellbores.

The breakdown of well types for original drilling permits in March 2022 is 256 oil, 76 gas, 783 oil or gas, 48 injection, and 13 other permits.

In March 2022, Commission staff processed 576 oil, 226 gas and 273 injection completions for new drills, re-entries and re-completions, compared to 601 oil, 162 gas, and 110 injection completions in March 2021.

Total well completions processed for 2022 year-to-date for new drills, re-entries and re-completions are 2,907 compared to 2,279 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 MARCH 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

125

43

19

(2) REFUGIO AREA

67

55

33

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

24

5

4

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

9

3

15

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

5

5

0

(6) EAST TEXAS

38

5

41

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

36

10

0

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

54

40

1

(8) MIDLAND

557

305

67

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

41

9

0

(9) NORTH TEXAS

59

19

10

(10) PANHANDLE

20

6

13

TOTAL

1,035

503

203

*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 http://www.rrc.texas.gov/about-us/.