Despite rig loss, energy firms are pushing ahead with more drilling in Oklahoma


Days after Baker Hughes Co. reported the number of oil and gas drilling rigs active in Oklahoma had slipped by another three, bringing the state’s total to 43, filings for new well permits totaled 25 as released by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Nowata County along t he Kansas state line in northeast Oklahoma had the most drilling permits. Nine were granted and all were for recompletion of existing wells.

Other permits were granted for wells to be drilled in Carter, Comanche, Dewey, Grady, Johnston, Kingfisher, McClain, Murray, Muskogee and Pontotoc counties. Some were for new wells while a few were also for recompletion projects.

Some new completion reports were also filed Monday showing a Camino Natural Resources well in Canadian County with production of 446 barrels of oil a day and 4,105 Mcf of natural gas.

Citizen Energy III LLC had a Grady County well with production of 4,228 Mcf of natural gas and 83 barrels of oil a day.

Two Love County wells were completed by XTO Energy Inc. One had production of 442 barrels of oil a day and 953 Mcf of natural gas when completed in January 2023. The other produced 405 barrels of oil a day and 5 Mcf of natural gas.

EOG Resources filed reports on two McClain County wells drilled on a single pad. Their combined production was 769 barrels of oil a day on a site about one mile northeast of Blanchard. Completions were in April of this year following spudding in October of last year.