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The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 1,243 original drilling permits in May 2018 compared to 1,021 in May 2017. The May total included 1,118 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 13 to re-enter plugged well bores and 112 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits issued May 2018 included 278 oil, 77 gas, 801 oil or gas, 72 injection, zero service and 15 other permits.
In May 2018, Commission staff processed 739 oil, 134 gas, 57 injection and six other completions compared to 593 oil, 115 gas, 60 injection and zero other completions in May 2017. Total well completions processed for 2018 year to date are 4,450; up from 3,223 recorded in 2017.
According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of June 8 was 538, representing about 51 percent of all active rigs in the United States.
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