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Texas drilling permits and completions statistics for April 2019

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
(8) MIDLAND 404 208 27
(8A) LUBBOCK AREA 30 54 0
(9) NORTH TEXAS 50 20 4
(10) PANHANDLE 14 7 12
TOTAL 909 593 143

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