Texas Drilling Permit and Completion Statistics for September 2022

October 10, 2022

AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 984 original drilling permits in September 2022 compared to 801 in September 2021. The September 2022 total includes 868 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 12 to re-enter plugged wellbores and 89 for re-completions of existing wellbores.

The breakdown of well types for original drilling permits in September 2022 is 244 oil, 122 gas, 576 oil or gas, 34 injection and eight other permits.

In September 2022, Commission staff processed 923 oil, 190 gas and 465 injection completions for new drills, re-entries and re-completions, compared to 581 oil, 158 gas and 265 injection completions in September 2021.

Total well completions processed for 2022 year-to-date for new drills, re-entries and re-completions are 10,268 compared to 7,016 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 SEPTEMBER 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

123

70

21

(2) REFUGIO AREA

43

29

21

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

24

8

1

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

25

2

8

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

7

2

0

(6) EAST TEXAS

47

4

19

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

18

7

0

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

52

59

1

(8) MIDLAND

446

541

80

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

19

40

0

(9) NORTH TEXAS

43

8

4

(10) PANHANDLE

21

6

12

TOTAL

868

776

167

*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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