Exxon Mobil has unseated EOG Resources as the top driller in the Lone Star State.
During the first six months of the year, Exxon Mobil’s shale arm, XTO Energy, has filed for 352 drilling permits with the Railroad Commission, which oversees the state’s oil and gas industry. EOG, which was last year’s top driller, has filed for 282 permits halfway through the year.
Some 86 percent of Exxon Mobil’s drilling permits this year were for projects in the Permian Basin of West Texas, followed by the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas and the Haynesville Shale of East Texas.
Same 687 companies have filed for 6,275 drilling permits through June compared with the 766 companies that filed for 6,991 permits during the same period last year.
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