Texas drilling permits and completions statistics for August 2017

The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 1,125 original drilling permits in August 2017 compared to 660 in August 2016. The August total included 987 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 14 to re-enter plugged well bores and 124 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits issued August 2017 included 298 oil, 74 gas, 666 oil or gas, 64 injection, two service, and 21 other permits.

In August 2017, Commission staff processed 401 oil, 115 gas, 38 injection, and three other completions compared to 545 oil, 223 gas, 46 injection, and eight other completions in August 2016. Total well completions processed for 2017 year to date are 8,628; up from 4,830 recorded during the same period in 2016.

According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of September 8 was 455, representing about 48 percent of all active rigs in the United States.

T1: August 2017 Texas oil and gas drilling permits and completions by Railroad Commission of Texas District*

District

Permits to drill oil/gas holes 

Oil completions 

Gas completions

(1) San Antonio area

123

17

13

(2) Refugio area

80

4

17

(3) Southeast Texas 

48

17

26

(4) Deep South Texas 

21

3

5

(5) East Central Texas 

8

5

1

(6) East Texas 

35

2

38

(7B) West Central Texas 

36

15

2

(7C) San Angelo area 

67

37

0

(8) Midland 

550

245

6

(8A) Lubbock area 

73

39

1

(9) North Texas 

49

11

2

(10) Panhandle 

35

6

4

TOTAL

1,125

401

115

*A district map is available on the Railroad Commission of Texas website at http://www.rrc.texas.gov/media/21430/districts_color_8x11.pdf.

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