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Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for January 2017

 

 
AUSTIN –– The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 956 original drilling permits in January 2017 compared to 510 in January 2016. The January total included 865 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 12 to re-enter plugged well bores and 79 for 
re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits issued 
January 2017 included 259 oil, 67 gas, 607 oil or gas, 18 injection, one service and four 
other permits.
 
In January 2017, Commission staff processed 418 oil, 84 gas, 31 injection and three other 
completions compared to 951 oil, 197 gas, 52 injection and four other completions in January 
2016. Total well completions for 2017 year to date are 536; down from 1,204 recorded during 
the same period in 2016. 
 
According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of February 10 was 362, representing 
about 49 percent of all active rigs in the United States. 
 
For additional drilling permit and completion statistics, visit the Commission’s 
website at: 
 
 
TABLE 1 - JANUARY 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        147             73            10
(2) REFUGIO AREA        107             34            23
(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS        35             27            29
(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS        34              4             3
(5) EAST CENTRAL TX        21              7             1
(6) EAST TEXAS                40              8                    6
(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX        36              8             1
(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA        70             47                    0
(8) MIDLAND               350            167                    5
(8A) LUBBOCK AREA       67             30                    0
(9) NORTH TEXAS                24              8             4
(10) PANHANDLE                25              5                    2
TOTAL                  956          418            84
 
*A district map is available on the Railroad Commission of Texas website at 
 

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