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AUSTIN — The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 631 original drilling permits in July 2016 compared to 979 in July 2015. The July total included 514 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, seven to re-enter plugged well bores and 110 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits issued July 2016 included 166 oil, 34 gas, 397 oil or gas, 27 injection, zero service and seven other permits.
In July 2016, Commission staff processed 568 oil, 243 gas, 44 injection and one other completions compared to 1,510 oil, 235 gas, 37 injection and nine other completions in July 2015. Total well completions for 2016 year to date are 7,285 down from 13,333 recorded during the same period in 2015.
According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of August 5 was 217, representing about 47 percent of all active rigs in the United States.
For additional drilling permit and completion statistics, visit the Commission’s website at http://www.rrc.texas.gov/oil-gas/research-and-statistics/well-information/monthly-drilling-completion-and-plugging-summaries/.
TABLE 1 – JULY 2016 TEXAS OIL AND GAS DRILLING PERMITS AND COMPLETIONS BY RAILROAD COMMISSION OF TEXAS DISTRICT*
district map is available on the Railroad Commission of Texas website at