Railroad Commission: Midland region dominates permits, completions

There is no comparing the Midland region to any other in the state of Texas when it comes to drilling permit and completion statistics, according to the Railroad Commission.

The RRC reported this month that the Midland region dominated the other 12 in November when it came to permits to drill new oil/gas holes, new oil completions and new gas completions.

The Midland region accounted for 49.3% of the permits across the state to drill new oil and gas holes. The 290 were 225 greater than the 65 in the San Angelo area.

The 315 new oil completions in the Midland region accounted for 58.6% from across the state. The next closest region was the San Angelo area with 79.

The 65 new gas completions were 34.9% of the total statewide. The San Antonio area was second with 37.

Statewide, the breakdown of well types for original drilling permits in November 2023 is 138 oil, 33 gas, 449 oil or gas, eight injection, one service and 10 other permits, according to the RRC.

In November 2023, commission staff processed 627 oil, 196 gas and 143 injection completions for new drills, re-entries and re-completions.

November 2023 Texas Oil and gas new drilling permits and completions by the Railroad Commission of Texas

            Permits to drill  New oil New gas

District oil/gas holes     completions     completions

Midland 290    315      65

San Antonio area         62       57        37

Refugio area    33        21        29

Southeast Texas          20        11        4

Deep South Texas       9          1          6

East Central Texas      2          2          1



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