Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for August 2021

September 03, 2021

AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 687 original drilling permits in August 2021 compared to 451 in August 2020. The August 2021 total includes 613 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 10 to re-enter plugged well bores, and 58 for re-completions of existing well bores.

The breakdown of well types for original drilling permits in August 2021 is 149 oil, 53 gas, 452 oil or gas, 21 injection, and 12 other permits.

In August 2021, Commission staff processed 649 oil, 109 gas and 291 injection completions for new drills, re-entries and re-completions, compared to 1,007 oil, 211 gas, and 197 injection completions in August 2020.

Total well completions processed for 2021 year-to-date for new drills, re-entries and re-completions are 6,108 compared to 10,804 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 AUGUST 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

77

67

6

(2) REFUGIO AREA

44

23

6

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

8

2

4

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

5

0

0

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

0

1

0

(6) EAST TEXAS

12

1

8

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

12

2

0

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

38

58

0

(8) MIDLAND

357

372

67

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

30

3

0

(9) NORTH TEXAS

16

11

0

(10) PANHANDLE

14

1

5

TOTAL

613

541

96

*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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