Rig Counts and Wells Drilled by Year

Oil and gas wells completed in Texas since 1960. Updated 10 months ago

From the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil & gas industry, except for the rig count, which is from Baker Hughes Inc. This is an annual average from monthly reports, except for the latest year, which is through June.

Wells drilled in years before 2019 are oil and gas well completions and dry holes drilled/plugged. Starting in 2019, only completions are counted.

Totals shown for 1988 and later are the number of drilling permits issued; data for previous years were the total drilling applications received.

YearRotary Rigs Active*PermitsOil Wells Completed**Gas Wells Completed**
20202065,3228,8672,032
201946311,6547,0461,753
201851413,3078,5881,813
201745612,6005,3941,022
20162368,1137,8132,129
201543010,54915,5782,787
201483525,79224,9993,585
201383521,47119,2494,917
201289922.47910,9363,580
201183822,4805,3803,008
201065918,0295,3924,071
200943212,2125,8608,706
200889824,0736,20810,361
200783419,9945,0848,643
200674618,9524,7618,534
200561416,9143,4547,197
200450614,7003,4467,118
200344912,6643,1116,336
20023389,7163,2685,474
200146212,2273,0825,787
200034312,0213,1114,580
19992268,4302,0493,566
19983039,3854,5094,907
199735813,9334,4824,594
199628312,6694,0614,060
199525111,2444,3343,778
199427411,0303,9623,553
199326411,6124,6463,295
199225112,0895,0312,537
199131512,4946,0252,755
199034814,0335,5932,894
198926412,7564,9142,760
198828013,4936,4412,665
198729315,2977,3272,542
198631315,89410,3733,304
198568030,87816,5434,605
198485037,50718,7165,489
198379645,55015,9415,027
198299041,22416,2966,273
19811,31847,94015,6275,454
198098929,44212,3225,331
197977029,2418,4875,319
197885526,0508,1325,383
197777825,1898,1214,399
197665322,6937,3484,108
197563820,2937,0043,396
197030211,0344,9871,796
196542514,2277,2072,383
196060415,6019,6662,011

 

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