Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for January 2016

Austin, TX — The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 510 original drilling permits in January 2016 compared to 1,102 in January 2015. The January total included 425 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, five to re-enter plugged well bores and 80 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits issued January 2016 included 141 oil, 41 gas, 282 oil or gas, 35 injection, two service and nine other permits. In January 2016, Commission staff processed 951 oil, 197 gas, 52 injection and four other completions compared to 1,450 oil, 344 gas, 198 injection and five other completions in January 2015. Total well completions for 2016 year to date are 1,204 down from 1,997 recorded during the same period in 2015. According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of February 5 was 262, representing about 46 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 – JANUARY 2016 TEXAS OIL AND GAS DRILLING PERMITS AND COMPLETIONS BY RAILROAD COMMISSION OF TEXAS DISTRICT* DISTRICT PERMITS TO DRILL OIL/GAS HOLES OIL COMPLETIONS GAS COMPLETIONS (1) SAN ANTONIO AREA 84 171 55 (2) REFUGIO AREA 48 147 17 (3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS 21 14 12 (4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS 9 7 4 (5) EAST CENTRAL TX 4 0 0 (6) EAST TEXAS 22 2 10 (7B) WEST CENTRAL TX 18 26 2 (7C) SAN ANGELO AREA 44 77 1 (8) MIDLAND 166 338 20 (8A) LUBBOCK AREA 45 27 0 (9) NORTH TEXAS 35 121 26 (10) PANHANDLE 14 21 50 *A district map is available on the Railroad Commission of Texas website athttp://www.rrc.texas.gov/media/21430/districts_color_8x11.pdf.