AUSTIN December 16, 2019 - The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 958 original drilling permits in November 2019 compared to 933 in November 2018. The November 2019 total included 882 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 10 to re-enter plugged well bores and 66 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits is 208 oil, 51 gas, 621 oil or gas, 56 injection, two service and 20 other permits.
In November 2019, Commission staff processed 711 oil, 117 gas, 34 injection and four other completions compared to 794 oil, 151 gas, 36 injection and one other completion in November 2018. Total well completions processed for 2019 year to date are 8,629; down from 10,236 recorded during the same time period in 2018.
According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of Nov. 27 was 405, representing about 50 percent of all active rigs in the United States.