The following is a release from the Railroad Commission of Texas
AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 382 original drilling permits in November 2020 compared to 958 in November 2019. The November 2020 total includes 321 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, three to re-enter plugged well bores, and 36 for re-completions of existing well bores.
The breakdown of well types for original drilling permits in November 2020 is 102 oil, 36 gas, 226 oil or gas, nine injection, and nine other permits.
In November 2020, Commission staff processed 537 oil, 98 gas and 127 injection completions for new drills, re-entries and re-completions, compared to 711 oil, 117 gas, and 38 injection completions in November 2019.
Total well completions processed for 2020 year to date for new drills, re-entries and re-completions are 13,573 compared to 8,629 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: