Texas Drilling Permit and Completion Statistics for October 2021

November 05, 2021

AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 768 original drilling permits in October 2021 compared to 395 in October 2020. The October 2021 total includes 689 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 10 to re-enter plugged wellbores, and 60 for re-completions of existing wellbores.

The breakdown of well types for original drilling permits in October 2021 is 174 oil, 69 gas, 479 oil or gas, 39 injection, and seven other permits.

In October 2021, Commission staff processed 597 oil, 95 gas and 341 injection completions for new drills, re-entries and re-completions, compared to 777 oil, 196 gas, and 119 injection completions in October 2020.

Total well completions processed for 2021 year-to-date for new drills, re-entries and re-completions are 7,980 compared to 12,901 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 OCTOBER 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

81

23

9

(2) REFUGIO AREA

41

29

6

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

17

11

3

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

11

1

3

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

5

0

0

(6) EAST TEXAS

28

3

11

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

23

12

0

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

43

38

0

(8) MIDLAND

370

382

38

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

28

9

0

(9) NORTH TEXAS

30

11

2

(10) PANHANDLE

12

4

3

TOTAL

689

523

75

*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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