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Texas Drilling Permit and Completion Statistics for October 2021

The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 768 original drilling permits in October 2021 compared to 395 in October 2020. The October 2021 total includes 689 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 10 to re-enter plugged wellbores, and 60 for re-completions of existing wellbores.

The breakdown of well types for original drilling permits in October 2021 is 174 oil, 69 gas, 479 oil or gas, 39 injection, and seven other permits.

In October 2021, Commission staff processed 597 oil, 95 gas and 341 injection completions for new drills, re-entries and re-completions, compared to 777 oil, 196 gas, and 119 injection completions in October 2020.

Total well completions processed for 2021 year-to-date for new drills, re-entries and re-completions are 7,980 compared to 12,901 recorded during the same period in 2020.

 

TABLE 1 – OCTOBER 2021 TEXAS OIL AND GAS NEW 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 81 23 9
(2) REFUGIO AREA 41 29 6
(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS 17 11 3
(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS 11 1 3
(5) EAST CENTRAL TX 5 0 0
(6) EAST TEXAS 28 3 11
(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX 23 12 0
(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA 43 38 0
(8) MIDLAND 370 382 38
(8A) LUBBOCK AREA 28 9 0
(9) NORTH TEXAS 30 11 2
(10) PANHANDLE 12 4 3
TOTAL 689 523 75

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