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Posted on July 14, 2020

RRC: Top 8 Permian counties produce 51.29% of Texas oil in April

Midland County again dominated production inside Texas with more than 13.7 million barrels during the month of April.

The Railroad Commission of Texas released preliminary statistics in late June that showed Midland County accounted for 13.07 percent of the 104.81 million barrels produced across the state. Midland and neighbor Martin County were the top-two producing counties, combining for more than 22 million barrels, or 21.62 percent, of the oil produced.

All totaled, there were eight counties from the Permian Basin inside the top 10. The other six are Reeves, Howard, Upton, Loving, Reagan and Glasscock. The eight accounted for 53.76 million barrels, or 51.29 percent, of the oil produced in the state in April, according to the RRC

In April 2019, the preliminary production of crude oil was 98.9 million barrels. The updated total was 126.85 million barrels

Reeves County again dominated the production of gas and condensate. The 74.547 million mcf produced in April dominated Webb and Midland counties, which totaled 49.10 million mcf and 40.28 million mcf, respectively. The RRC reported 747.706 million mcf of gas was produced during the entire month. In April 2019, the preliminary number was 680.22 million mcf. The updated total was 826.651 million mcf.

April 2020 Texas top 10 total gas- (gas well gas and casinghead) producing counties ranked by preliminary production

County Total Gas (MCF)

  1. Reeves  74,547,367
  2. Webb               49,410,027
  3. Midland            40,287,396
  4. Panola  32,913,485
  5. Culberson         30,034,409
  6. Tarrant 29,195,757
  7. Karnes  25,515,292
  8. Loving 24,802,162
  9. Reagan 24,651,978
  10. DeWitt 21,871,720

April 2020 Texas top 10 total condensate-producing counties ranked by preliminary production

County Condensate (BBLS)

  1. Reeves 5,666,768
  2. Culberson         2,937,237
  3. Loving 2,086,388
  4. DeWitt 1,978,391
  5. Karnes  868,222
  6. Webb   742,409
  7. Dimmit 301,524
  8. LaSalle 266,806
  9. Live Oak          266,573
  10. McMullen        213,420

Source: Texas Railroad Commission


While the rise in oil and gas production benefits our local economies and provides numerous jobs for West Texas, New Mexico, and th Permian Basin, the increase also brings increased car crashes, 18 wheeler tractor trailer crashes, oilfield accidents, and tank battery fires. In the last few years, the rise in oil and gas production has greatly increased crashes on Highway 285, or the Death Highway, that runs through Artesia and Carlsbad in Eddy County, New Mexico as well as Pecos, Mentone, Orla, and Kermit n Winkler and Reeves County. 

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