May 14, 2019
The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 909 original drilling permits in April 2019 compared 1,221 in April 2018.
The April 2019 total included 802 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 14 to re-enter plugged well bores and 93 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits is 212 oil, 62 gas, 574 oil or gas, 45 injection, two service and 14 other permits.
In April 2019, Commission staff processed 593 oil, 143 gas, 36 injection and three other completions compared to 616 oil, 134 gas, 48 injection and four other completions in April 2018.
Total well completions processed for 2019 year to date are 3,244; down from 3,514 recorded during the same time period in 2018.
According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of May 3 was 484, representing about 49 percent of all active rigs in the United States.