The State of Texas accounts for 45% of all domestic drilling activity, with 843 oil and gas rigs active in Texas, according to a story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The even more eye opening fact is that one area of Texas, the Midland-Odessa region in the heart of the Permian Basin, has more oil and gas rigs in operation than any other state in U.S. Once again Texas dominates the rest of the states, just like Texas has created more private sector jobs than the rest of the states combined since 2001. Sounds like a great presidential campaign theme….
The Texas Railroad Commission has designated the Midland-Odessa region as District 8, and it contains 258 rigs in operation. In comparison Oklahoma has the 2nd largest drilling presence in the US with 176 total rigs in operation in the whole state, that is 86 less active rigs than in District 8. North Dakota’s Bakken Shale follows up with 163 active rigs.