The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 909 original drilling permits in April 2019, compared with 1,221 in April 2018. The April 2019 total included 802 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 14 to re-enter plugged well bores and 93 for re-completions of existing wellbores. The breakdown of well types for those permits is 212 oil, 62 gas, 574 oil or gas, 45 injection, two service and 14 other permits.
In April 2019, Commission staff processed 593 oil, 143 gas, 36 injection and three other completions, compared with 616 oil, 134 gas, 48 injection and four other completions in April 2018. Total well completions processed for 2019 year to date are 3,244; down from 3,514 recorded during the same time period in 2018.
According to Baker Hughes, the Texas rig count as of 3 May was 484, representing about 49% of all active rigs in the US.
For additional drilling permit and completion statistics, visit the commission’s website here.
Table 1 – April 2019 Texas oil and gas drilling permits and completions by Railroad Commission of Texas District
|DISTRICT||PERMITS TO DRILL OIL/GAS HOLES||NEW OIL COMPLETIONS||NEW GAS COMPLETIONS|
|(1) SAN ANTONIO AREA||113||122||36|
|(2) REFUGIO AREA||72||69||29|
|(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS||43||11||6|
|(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS||17||2||13|
|(5) EAST CENTRAL TX||6||9||1|
|(6) EAST TEXAS||40||2||15|
|(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX||36||21||0|
|(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA||84||68||0|
|(8A) LUBBOCK AREA||30||54||0|
|(9) NORTH TEXAS||50||20||4|