How To Locate New Oil Wells In Texas

How to use RRC Texas oil well map resources:

Here is how to find the location and a map of new oil and gas wells in Texas. If you are a landowner and have property involved in one of the hot new shale oil plays such as the Eagle Ford shale, Barnett shale combo or Wolfcamp shale, you may want to find where new wells have been permitted in your area. To do this is quite easy. Bookmark this page in your favorites in case you need to refer back to these instructions.

To find where new oil and gas wells in Texas are going to be drilled, navigate to the Texas Railroad Commission Site Here, after reading the instructions below.

In the upper right hand corner of the form scroll down to your county and highlight it. You can hold your keyboard’s “CTRL” key down and highlight multiple counties if you want to see new oil and gas activity in a multi-county area.

If you want to see oil and gas permits from all operators, don’t check any of the other forms on this page and proceed to the bottom of the page where the date windows appear. You can either search approved or submitted permits. To find the most recent oil and gas drilling permit activity in your Texas county, I recommend you select the “Date Submitted” box.  Use the following format: MM/DD/YYYY for the beginning and ending dates.

Note, most oil and gas wells in Texas are spudded within a few weeks or months after permit approval. Adjust the start date accordingly and use the current date in the right hand box.

If you want to find permits by any one operator, such as Conoco Phillips, enter “Conoco” in the box labeled “Operator Name”. You can select other search criteria as you wish, but for a general search to find oil and gas wells in Texas permitted in your area, just fill out the county and date part of the form. Note that dates must be entered in this manner: MM/DD/YYYY

You can scroll down to the bottom of the from and click on “Well Plat” to see a legal map of the well location showing surveyed tracts.

How to map new gas and oil wells in Texas:

Using the process above you will have arrived at a page that is labeled Form W-1 Field List after clicking on a well name.  Scroll down the page until you see the well’s API number and a tiny icon of a Texas map. Click on this map and you will see the location of the well on a GIS map. You can use map tools to identify adjacent oil and gas wells.

How To Go Directly To Map Of New Texas Oil and Gas Wells

Texas oil and gas wells map using RRC GIS Viewer. GIS stands for “Geographic Information System”.

If You Just Want To Go Directly To Maps Of Oil And Gas Wells In Texas visit RRC GIS Map Viewer. Use the zoom and screen pan tools to zero in on the area you want to investigate. You won’t see any oil or gas wells on the map until you get up close. Use the  Map Tools, select “Identify Wells”  to identify individual wells by clicking on them as illustrated below.

The RRC GIS viewer and online permit records system are a good way to see on a map new Texas oil and gas wells but it is not always easy to figure out. Save this page in your favorites for reference if you like.