Oil Drilling Permits Surge in First Two Months Of 2013

The state's oil and gas economy grew strongly in January and February, according to the latest Texas Petro Index.

The Texas Railroad Commission issued more than 1,700 drilling permits in February, mostly for crude oil. That’s on top of nearly 2,000 issued in January. Economist Karr Ingham created the index and maintains it on behalf of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers. 

“It’s the highest two-month total in the entire history of the Texas Petro Index.”

The industry also saw stronger-than-expected job gains. The latest revision of employment data by the Texas Workforce Commission shows the upstream oil and gas sector employed more than 267,000 workers at the end of 2012 — 7% more than previously believed.

“Even though is the sector that still only employs somewhere between 2% and 3%, or occupies some 2% and 3% of all payroll jobs in Texas, the overall economic impact is much greater than that.”

Ingham estimates the oil and gas sector accounts for about 12% of the Texas economy.


Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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