Texas Drilling Permit and Completion Statistics for May 2022

June 03, 2022

AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 963 original drilling permits in May 2022 compared to 631 in May 2021. The May 2022 total includes 849 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, nine to re-enter plugged wellbores and 93 for re-completions of existing wellbores.

The breakdown of well types for original drilling permits in May 2022 is 221 oil, 76 gas, 601 oil or gas, 53 injection and 12 other permits.

In May 2022, Commission staff processed 515 oil, 142 gas and 292 injection completions for new drills, re-entries and re-completions, compared to 457 oil, 141 gas and 134 injection completions in May 2021.

Total well completions processed for 2022 year-to-date for new drills, re-entries and re-completions are 4,574 compared to 3,595 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 MAY 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

101

51

25

(2) REFUGIO AREA

70

51

11

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

27

7

3

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

16

0

7

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

5

1

0

(6) EAST TEXAS

43

4

21

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

22

10

1

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

33

28

0

(8) MIDLAND

449

275

40

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

23

8

0

(9) NORTH TEXAS

46

14

12

(10) PANHANDLE

14

3

10

TOTAL

849

452

130

*A district map is available on the Railroad Commission of Texas website at https://www.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/.