Permit and natural gas production numbers for Texas and Pennsylvania have dropped and continue at a strong pace, respectively – despite the economic slowdown and COVID-19 pandemic, Shale Directories reports.
A review of Railroad Commission of Texas and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection data show permits let in Texas for both oil and gas wells has whipsawed in the last year.
The numbers went from 960 in August 2019, to 1,041 in pre-COVID January 2020, before plunging to just 377 permits let in August 2020.
West Texas’ Midland region, which includes much of the Permian Basin and totals 20 counties, leads the way in permitting, with 495 let in August 2019, 520 this past February, but just 211 permits last month.
Permitting in Pennsylvania doesn’t match Texas in terms of volume, but the primary home of Marcellus Shale production saw oil and gas permits let dropped from 101 in August 2019, to 57 this past January, before jumping nearly 44%, to 82 in August 2020.
Greene County in Southwest Pennsylvania led the way last month, with 32 permits let. That total was up from just nine permits this past January, and up from 11 permits let in August 2019.
Natural gas production in Texas appears to only go up, according to RRC data, Shale Directories finds.
Total production jumped from 744.9 billion cubic feet in June 2019 (the latest data available), to 760.8 Bcf this past February, and 848.8 Bcf in June 2020.
Reeves County in the Permian was the top Texas producer, at 61.4 Bcf in June 2019, 77.1 Bcf in February 2020, and 79.6 Bcf in June 2020.
Webb County in the Eagle Ford Shale play took second place, with production totaling 52.2 Bcf in June 2019, 54.5 Bcf in February 2020, but falling to 51.8 Bcf this past June.
Susquehanna County in Northeast Pennsylvania leads natural gas production in the “Keystone State.” The dry gas county’s production totaled 134.5 Bcf in June 2019, 128.4 Bcf this past February, then rose to 133.4 Bcf this past June.
Washington County in Southwest Pennsylvania claimed second place in all three time periods, even with said production falling, from 96.3 Bcf in June 2019, to 92.9 Bcf in February 2020, before falling to 92 Bcf in June 2020.
Statewide production totaled 550.2 Bcf in June 2019, 567 Bcf in February 2020, and 554.5 Bcf this past June, Pennsylvania DEP reveals.