How to Check Well Production with the Texas Railroad Commission

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Now that the Texas Railroad Commission has added all of the functionality to their new Enhanced GIS Veiwer that the Legacy GIS Viewer had, we can use it without the Legacy GIS Viewer to handle all of our needs for checking well production.

The easiest way to show you how to do this is to work through it together on a specific tract. So, for this example, we’ll use the following tract (selected at random):

Section 8, Block 38, Township 3 South, T & P RR Co. Survey, A-837, Midland County, Texas.

To open up the Texas Railroad Commission Enhanced GIS Viewer, click here. Or, you can navigate to it through the Texas Railroad Commission website by following the steps below:

  1. Go to the Texas RRC Website at http://www.rrc.state.tx.us/
  2. Click Maps – Public GIS Viewers under Useful Links on the right side of the screen.
  3. Click the image under Public GIS Viewer.
  4. On the next page, scroll down and click the link that says “Launch Public GIS Viewer”

The starting screen for the GIS Viewer will be a zoomed out view of the State of Texas, outlining the different Texas Railroad Commission Districts, and should look like the image below:

TX RRC Start Screen

The first thing I like to do before getting started is to clear the screen so I can get a wider view of the map.  To do this, click the white ‘X’ in the top right corner of the side bar on the left. It’s hard to see, but it’s there.

TX RRC Clear ScreenNow, we’re going to want to do a search by Abstract Number. There’s a lot of ways to drill down to your well, but, I’ve found that this is the fastest way if you don’t know the API Number for your well.  If you do know the API number, you can type it into the search box at the top right hand side of the screen and skip this step.

Now, click on the magnifying glass at the center top of the screen and select ‘Surveys’.

TX RRC Surveys

Clicking on Surveys will open up a pop-up box that will allow you to enter in the specifics of your tract.  In our example above, you can either enter the Block and Section or Abstract Number. We’ll use the abstract number in this case (837). Make sure you select the county that your tract is in before clicking on query.

TX RRC Survey Search

Now that you’ve found the survey that you’re looking for, you can go ahead and close the Survey Search box by clicking the white ‘X’ in the upper right hand corner of the pop-up. Your survey should be highlighted in blue in the middle of the screen.

Next, you want to be able to bring up details on the wells that are in your tract. To do this, click on the ‘i’ in the circle at the top of the screen, then select Wells from the drop-down menu.

TX RRC Identify Wells

As you can see, there are two wells in our Abstract. Lets check the #1B Well. Click on the green dot to pull up a pop-up widow with detail on the well.

TX RRC Well Detail

Now, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the pop-up window to the Completion Record that shows ‘Type Well’ as producing. Click on the link for Production Data Query (PDQ).

TX RRC Type Well

This will open up a new tab in your window with the production data.  When looking at production, don’t use the ‘Disposition’ column, just the production columns.

TX RRC Well Production

Also, don’t forget to click on the ‘Next Page’ link to see the newest production.

Texas Railroad Commission

As you can see, the production listed on the Texas Railroad Commission is not completely current.  This is normal as the information from the production reports sent in by the operator can take a few months to make it to the website.

Keep in mind that the production numbers you see on the website includes all wells associated with the Lease ID, not just the individual well that you clicked on.  In this case, the production numbers include both the #1B and #2B wells.

Thankfully, the new Texas Railroad Commission has gone a long way toward being more user friendly with their new GIS Viewer. There’s no need to have half a dozen pop-up windows all over your screen anymore to pull production for your well.



Vanita November 3, 2015 at 12:42 pm

I can get down to the survey, but how do I know which of the wells I have an interest in? This is an lease and the lease number is no longer valid, there is no API number and no Township or Block information. I just have a description on Vol and page and acres.

Landman Blog Admin November 3, 2015 at 12:46 pm

Vanita,

You won’t be able to determine ownership information using the TX RRC.

The volume and page you’re seeing is for a book (Deed Records, Official Records, Oil and Gas Records, etc.) in the County Clerk’s office for the respective county that your interest is in.

Determining your ownership would have to be done through a title search at the courthouse in the county where your interest is located.

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