The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 746 original drilling permits in September 2016 compared to 906 in September 2015. The September total included 610 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, seven to re-enter plugged well bores and 129 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits issued September 2016 included 217 oil, 39 gas, 448 oil or gas, 34 injection, one service and seven other permits.
In September 2016, Commission staff processed 430 oil, 155 gas, 38 injection and seven other completions compared to 1,153 oil, 284 gas, 41 injection and six other completions in September 2015. Total well completions for 2016 year to date are 8,737 down from 16,149 recorded during the same period in 2015.
According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of October 7 was 247, representing about 47 percent of all active rigs in the United States.
T1: September 2016 Texas oil and gas drilling permits and completions by Railroad Commission of Texas district