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Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for November 2016

 

The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 673 original 
drilling permits in November 2016 compared to 687 in November 2015. The November total 
included 581 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 10 to re-enter plugged well bores 
and 82 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those 
permits issued November 2016 included 145 oil, 38 gas, 449 oil or gas, 36 injection, 
zero service and five other permits.
 
In November 2016, Commission staff processed 342 oil, 151 gas, 24 injection and one other 
completions compared to 776 oil, 150 gas, 35 injection and four other completions in 
November 2015. Total well completions for 2016 year to date are 9,923 down from 18,510 
recorded during the same period in 2015. 
 
According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of December 2 was 286, representing 
about 48 percent of all active rigs in the United States. 
 
For additional drilling permit and completion statistics, visit the Commission’s 
website at 
http://www.rrc.texas.gov/oil-gas/research-and-statistics/well-information/  
under "Monthly Drilling, Completion and Plugging Summaries".
 
TABLE 1 - NOVEMBER 2016 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        63             73            27
(2) REFUGIO AREA        73             32            28
(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS        21             11            38
(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS        15              4            11
(5) EAST CENTRAL TX        7              0             1
(6) EAST TEXAS                20              7                    8
(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX        28             22             2
(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA        54             21                    1
(8) MIDLAND               291            109                   12
(8A) LUBBOCK AREA       64             25                    1
(9) NORTH TEXAS                31             28             1
(10) PANHANDLE                 6             10                   21
TOTAL                  673          342           151
 
*A district map is available on the Railroad Commission of Texas website at 
 

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