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Texas Drilling Permit and Completion Statistics for April 2022

May 09, 2022

AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 946 original drilling permits in April 2022 compared to 732 in April 2021. The April 2022 total includes 836 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 12 to re-enter plugged wellbores and 92 for re-completions of existing wellbores.

The breakdown of well types for original drilling permits in April 2022 is 223 oil, 74 gas, 593 oil or gas, 46 injection, and 10 other permits.

In April 2022, Commission staff processed 493 oil, 143 gas and 232 injection completions for new drills, re-entries and re-completions, compared to 449 oil, 106 gas, and 98 injection completions in April 2021.

Total well completions processed for 2022 year-to-date for new drills, re-entries and re-completions are 3,751 compared to 2,924 recorded during the same period in 2021.

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 APRIL 2022 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

33

31

(2) REFUGIO AREA

67

37

15

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

21

4

1

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

20

0

1

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

6

1

0

(6) EAST TEXAS

32

13

25

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

21

13

0

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

86

56

0

(8) MIDLAND

404

242

33

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

37

12

0

(9) NORTH TEXAS

44

10

1

(10) PANHANDLE

17

2

16

TOTAL

836

423

123

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


About the Railroad Commission:
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/.