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RRC: Only 456 original drilling permits issued in April 2020

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The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) issued a total of 456 original drilling permits in April 2020, compared with 909 in April 2019. The April 2020 total includes 416 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, two to reenter plugged well bores and 27 for re-completions of existing wellbores.

The breakdown of well types for original drilling permits in April 2020 is 97 oil, 15 gas, 311 oil or gas, 15 injection and 18 other permits.

In April 2020, RRC staff processed 981 oil, 246 gas and 249 injection completions for new drills, reentries and re-completions, compared with 593 oil, 143 gas, and 36 injection completions in April 2019.

Total well completions processed for 2020 year to date for new drills, reentries and re-completions are 5,285, compared with 3,244 recorded during the same period in 2019.

For additional drilling permit and completion statistics, visit the commission’s website here.

Table 1 – March 2020 Texas oil and gas 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 31 121 11
(2) REFUGIO AREA 40 109 33
(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS 8 92 16
(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS 2 2 8
(5) EAST CENTRAL TX 5 12 0
(6) EAST TEXAS 10 9 24
(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX 9 5 1
(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA 38 38 1
(8) MIDLAND 263 403 105
(8A) LUBBOCK AREA 3 57 0
(9) NORTH TEXAS 6 19 7
(10) PANHANDLE 1 5 9
TOTAL 416 872 215

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