Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for May 2020

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An oil rig stands against the setting sun in Midland, Texas on Friday, April 17, 2020. (Odessa American/Eli Hartman)

The following is a release from the Railroad Commission of Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (RRC) – The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a roral of 251 original drilling permits in May 2020 compared to 1,050 in May 2019. The May 2020 total includes 208 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, one to re-enter plugged well bores and 27 for re-completions of existing wellbores.

The breakdown of well types for original drilling permits in May 2020 is 59 oil, 22 gas, 159 oil or gas, seven injection, and four other permits.

In May 2020, Commission staff processed 919 oil, 300 gas and 117 injection completions for new drills, re-entries and re-completions, compared to 735 oil, 153 gas and 40 injection completions in May 2019.

Total well completions processed for 2020 year to date for new drills, re-entries and re-completions are 6,589 compared to 4,173 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 website at:
https://www.rrc.texas.gov/oil-gas/research-and-statistics/well-information/monthly-drilling-completion-and-plugging-summaries/


DistrictPermits to drill new oil/gas holesNew oil completionsNew gas completions
San Antonio area1116157
Refugio279790
Southeast Texas33813
Deep South Texas1220
East Texas151221
East Central Tx042
West Central Tx490
San Angelo area13700
Midland12238867
Lubbock area4510
North Texas687
Panhandle246
Total208844283
Data source: Railroad Commission of Texas

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