AUSTIN –– The Texas average rig count as of March 20, was 464, representing about 45 percent of all active land rigs in the United States according to Baker Hughes Incorporated.  The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) reports that in the last 12 months, total Texas reported production was 914 million barrels of oil and 8.2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. 

The Commission’s estimated final production for January 2015 is 81,015,390 barrels of crude oil and 536,271,896 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) of gas well gas.

The Commission derives final production numbers by multiplying the preliminary January 2015 production totals of 68,949,268 barrels of crude oil and 460,121,747 Mcf of gas well gas by a production adjustment factor of 1.1750 for crude oil and 1.1655 for gas well gas. (These production totals do not include casinghead gas or condensate.)

Texas natural gas storage reported to the Commission for February 2015 was 247,147,261Mcf compared to 175,071,124 Mcf in February 2014. The March 2015 gas storage estimate is 228,116,449 Mcf.

The Commission’s Oil and Gas Division set initial April 2015 natural gas production allowables for prorated fields in the state to meet market demand of 8,063,919 Mcf (thousand cubic feet).  In setting the initial April 2015 allowables, the Commission used historical production figures from previous months, producers’ demand forecasts for the coming month, and adjusted the figures based on well capability. These initial allowables will be adjusted after actual production for April 2015 is reported. 


About the Railroad Commission

Established in 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas is the oldest regulatory agency in the state. The Commission has a long and proud history of service to both Texas and to the nation, including almost 100 years regulating the oil and gas industry. Additionally, the Commission has jurisdiction over alternative fuel s safety, natural gas utility, surface mining and intrastate pipeline industries. Our mission is to serve Texas by our stewardship of natural resources and the environment, our concern for personal and community safety, and our support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans. To learn more, visit http://www.rrc.texas.gov/.