RRC Announces Reapplication Process for Expired Drilling Permits

February 02, 2017

As a part of the Texas Oilfield Relief Initiative, effective December 5, 2016, operators can reapply to the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) for a new drilling permit for a well that was not spudded before the original drilling permit expired. Operators can reapply online using the RRC Online System or by submitting a hard copy request letter to the RRC.

This new process allows an operator to reapply for a new drilling permit and retain the original API number issued to the proposed well.  Along with this new functionality, if conditions on the lease/unit have not changed, the operator may choose to reuse certain documents provided with the original application, such as the plat or Form P-12, Certificate of Pooling Authority.

For more information on the reapplication process, visit the RRC website.

If you have any questions regarding this reapplication process, contact the RRC at drillingpermits-info@rrc.texas.gov or 512-463-6751.