Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for August 2020

September 09, 2020

AUSTIN –– The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 451 original drilling permits in August 2020 compared to 960 in August 2019. The August 2020 total includes 377 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, seven to re-enter plugged well bores, and 51 for re-completions of existing well bores.

The breakdown of well types for original drilling permits in August 2020 is 141 oil, 33 gas, 224 oil or gas, 34 injection, and 19 other permits.

In August 2020, Commission staff processed 1,007 oil, 211 gas and 197 injection completions for new drills, re-entries and re-completions, compared to 446 oil, 103 gas, and 29 injection completions in August 2019.

Total well completions processed for 2020 year to date for new drills, re-entries and re-completions are 10,804 compared to 6,327 recorded during the same period in 2019.

Recent Information Technology changes are allowing the Commission to report more detailed data on drilling permits and well completions each month. The information in prior year reports may not correlate exactly to the same results on the new report. These technological improvements provide more statistics and transparency, and the new report is available on the Commission’s monthly drilling completion summaries web page



* A district map is available on the Railroad Commission of Texas here.

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/.