Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for March 2021

April 09, 2021

AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 798 original drilling permits in March 2021 compared to 744 in March 2020. The March 2021 total includes 682 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 13 to re-enter plugged well bores, and 99 for re-completions of existing well bores.

The breakdown of well types for original drilling permits in March 2021 is 187 oil, 50 gas, 537 oil or gas, 13 injection, and 11 other permits.

In March 2021, Commission staff processed 601 oil, 162 gas and 110 injection completions for new drills, re-entries and re-completions, compared to 1,054 oil, 313 gas, and 240 injection completions in March 2020.

Total well completions processed for 2021 year-to-date for new drills, re-entries and re-completions are 2,279 compared to 3,857 recorded during the same period in 2020.

Detailed data on drilling permits and well completions for the month can be found at this link:

https://www.rrc.texas.gov/oil-and-gas/research-and-statistics/drilling-information/monthly-drilling-completion-and-plugging-summaries/

 

TABLE 1 MARCH 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

40

22

42

(2) REFUGIO AREA

71

34

10

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

17

19

2

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

4

0

4

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

1

0

2

(6) EAST TEXAS

23

2

9

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

25

12

0

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

80

26

0

(8) MIDLAND

379

428

65

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

16

3

0

(9) NORTH TEXAS

22

5

0

(10) PANHANDLE

4

1

0

TOTAL

682

552

134

*A district map is available on the Railroad Commission of Texas website at https://rrc.texas.gov/media/3bkhbut0/districts_color_8x11.pdf.


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Our mission is to serve Texas by our stewardship of natural resources and the environment, our concern for personal and community safety, and our support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans. The Commission has a long and proud history of service to both Texas and to the nation, including almost 100 years regulating the oil and gas industry. The Commission also has jurisdiction over alternative fuels safety, natural gas utilities, surface mining and intrastate pipelines. Established in 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas is the oldest regulatory agency in the state. To learn more, please visit http://www.rrc.texas.gov/about-us/.