AUSTIN –– The Texas average rig count as of May 22, was 372, representing about 44 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 939 million barrels of oil and 8.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. 

The Commission’s estimated final production for March 2015 is 84,879,948 barrels of crude oil and 533,174,979 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) of gas well gas.

The Commission derives final production numbers by multiplying the preliminary March 2015 production totals of 71,586,361 barrels of crude oil and 459,752,504 Mcf of gas well gas by a production adjustment factor of 1.1857 for crude oil and 1.1597 for gas well gas. (These production totals do not include casinghead gas or condensate.)

Texas natural gas storage reported to the Commission for April 2015 was 306,736,498 Mcf compared to 163,204,730 Mcf in April 2014. The May 2015 gas storage estimate is 340,423,995 Mcf.

The Commission’s Oil and Gas Division set initial June 2015 natural gas production allowables for prorated fields in the state to meet market demand of 7,912,529 Mcf (thousand cubic feet).  In setting the initial June 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 June 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/.