December 2017 Texas Drilling Permits Down 124 From 2016: RRC

January 9, 2018


The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 885 original drilling permits in December 2017 compared to 1,009 in December 2016.

The December total included 792 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 8 to re-enter plugged well bores and 85 for re-completions of existing well bores.

The breakdown of well types for those permits issued December 2017 included 175 oil, 67 gas, 586 oil or gas, 48 injection, zero service and nine other permits.

In December 2017, Commission staff processed 514 oil, 80 gas, 26 injection and three other completions compared to 430 oil, 93 gas, 20 injection and two other completions in December 2016.

Total well completions processed for 2017 are 6,914; down from 10,468 recorded in 2016.

According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of December 5 was 454, representing about 49 percent of all active rigs in the United States.

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