Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for October 2019

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AUSTIN, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 971 original drilling permits in October 2019 compared 1,149 in October 2018.

The October 2019 total included 895 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 13 to re-enter plugged well bores and 63 for re-completions of existing well bores.

The breakdown of well types for those permits is 249 oil, 39 gas, 608 oil or gas, 61 injection, three service and 11 other permits.

In October 2019, Commission staff processed 537 oil, 117 gas, 29 injection and six other completions compared to 987 oil, 170 gas, 49 injection and seven other completions in October 2018.

Total well completions processed for 2019 year to date are 7,763; down from 9,254 recorded during the same time period in 2018.

According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of Nov.1 was 416, representing about 51 percent of all active rigs in the United States.

For additional drilling permit and completion statistics, visit the Commission’s website at:


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