Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for July 2021

August 03, 2021

AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 779 original drilling permits in July 2021 compared to 351 in July 2020. The July 2021 total includes 672 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 11 to re-enter plugged well bores, and 83 for re-completions of existing well bores.

The breakdown of well types for original drilling permits in July 2021 is 172 oil, 65 gas, 508 oil or gas, 26 injection, and eight other permits.

In July 2021, Commission staff processed 475 oil, 162 gas and 182 injection completions for new drills, re-entries and re-completions, compared to 1,125 oil, 211 gas, and 367 injection completions in July 2020.

Total well completions processed for 2021 year-to-date for new drills, re-entries and re-completions are 5,116 compared to 9,510 recorded during the same period in 2020.

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 JULY 2021 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

71

51

19

(2) REFUGIO AREA

69

91

31

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

8

9

2

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

11

0

2

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

0

1

0

(6) EAST TEXAS

30

1

29

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

22

5

2

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

50

52

4

(8) MIDLAND

351

178

40

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

11

9

0

(9) NORTH TEXAS

41

8

4

(10) PANHANDLE

8

1

9

TOTAL

672

406

142

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


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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/.