Texas Drilling Permit and Completion Statistics for August 2022

September 09, 2022

AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 867 original drilling permits in August 2022 compared to 687 in August 2021. The August 2022 total includes 788 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 12 to re-enter plugged wellbores and 60 for re-completions of existing wellbores.

The breakdown of well types for original drilling permits in August 2022 is 194 oil, 88 gas, 556 oil or gas, 18 injection and 11 other permits.

In August 2022, Commission staff processed 834 oil, 176 gas and 520 injection completions for new drills, re-entries and re-completions, compared to 649 oil, 109 gas and 291 injection completions in August 2021.

Total well completions processed for 2022 year-to-date for new drills, re-entries and re-completions are 8,782 compared to 6,108 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 AUGUST 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

108

43

21

(2) REFUGIO AREA

52

67

14

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

20

8

3

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

21

1

9

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

4

3

0

(6) EAST TEXAS

22

2

0

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

23

6

2

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

42

111

0

(8) MIDLAND

429

420

98

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

24

16

0

(9) NORTH TEXAS

26

25

0

(10) PANHANDLE

17

6

1

TOTAL

788

708

148

*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/.