Texas Drilling Permit and Completion Statistics for October 2022

November 07, 2022

AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 851 original drilling permits in October 2022 compared to 768 in October 2021. The October 2022 total includes 735 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 12 to re-enter plugged wellbores and 98 for re-completions of existing wellbores.

The breakdown of well types for original drilling permits in October 2022 is 191 oil, 122 gas, 501 oil or gas, 25 injection and 12 other permits.

In October 2022, Commission staff processed 977 oil, 181 gas and 317 injection completions for new drills, re-entries and re-completions, compared to 597 oil, 95 gas and 341 injection completions in October 2021.

Total well completions processed for 2022 year-to-date for new drills, re-entries and re-completions are 11,442 compared to 7,980 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 OCTOBER 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

123

76

17

(2) REFUGIO AREA

48

55

25

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

19

9

4

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

24

1

7

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

6

3

1

(6) EAST TEXAS

38

9

21

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

19

14

0

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

73

57

0

(8) MIDLAND

313

517

64

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

17

18

1

(9) NORTH TEXAS

38

19

7

(10) PANHANDLE

17

0

4

TOTAL

735

778

151

*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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