The Railroad Commission of Texas issued 746 originaldrilling permits in September, up from the 660 permits issued in August but showing a sustaineddownturn when compared to the year-ago numbers.
Of the September total, 610 permits were to drill new oil orgas wells, 129 were for recompletions of wellbores and seven were to re-enterplugged wellbores. The permits included 217 for oil-only drilling, 39 forgas-only drilling and 448 for oil or gas drilling. During the same month lastyear, the state oil and gas regulator issued 906 drilling permits.
The commission said it processed 430 oil, 155 gas and 38injection well completions in September. In August, 545 oil, 223 gas and 46injection well completions were processed. In September 2015, the commissionreported 1,153 oil, 284 gas and 41 injection well completions. Year-to-datewell completions are 8,737 down from the 16,149 well completions recorded inthe same period last year.
The Midland District, which covers much of the PermianBasin, was the busiest region, with 139 oil well completions and 15 gas wellcompletions. The Refugio District led in gas completions for the month with 35.