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General Information: Bastrop, Brown, Borden and Brazoria County

Bastrop County

OilTexas 1Bastrop County saw its largest number of permit approvals in 1990 with more than 60 permits approved. However, since then it has only ever reached 30 permit approvals in years 2007 and 2008. In fact, only one permit has been filed this year. It was filed by Republic Resources, LLC.

In March 13, 2014. The permit was approved in April 21. Geosouthern Energy Corporation has filed the most number of permits in the county since 2008. It has filed 12 permits in total. Following Geosouthern are companies Chalker Operating Inc., Cinolo Energy Operating, Inc., and Hughes, Dan A. Company, L.P.

In 2008, the county produced the most number of oil barrels in its history. It produced more than 464, 525 barrels in that year alone. However, this year, it has barely produced 92,905 barrels. So far, this is the lowest recorded number of barrels produced since 1993. At that time, the county produced a little under 371,620 barrels of oil.

The top leases in the county include the Allan Marburger Oil Lease #025137, the Billie Ann Oil Lease #011931, the Carter, Gertrude (Trudy) Gas Leases #136471 and #136010, and the Erna Herms Oil Lease #025036. Austin County also has 477 operators listed.

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Brown County
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Brown County saw its highest number of permit approvals in 1990. At that time, the county approved more than 100 permits. In recent years, however, out of the 9 permits submitted in 2014 only 7 have been approved. The two submitted by Huntwood Resources, LLC and Conner-Marrs Company in March 26, 2014 and February 19, 2014, respectively, have yet to be approved.

The three companies that have filed the most number of permits in the last two years are Joriah Oil & Gas, Inc., 4 J’s Production, and Paragon Oil & Gas, LLC. Oil production by the barrel was at its peak in 1993 when the county was able to produce more than 233,600 barrels of oil for that year alone.

It’s record low is this year with only a little more than 46,720 barrels produced. Top leases in the county include Allen, E.A. Gas Lease #124413, Chambers Oil Lease #017310, Dunn, John Gas Lease #108217, Einstein Medical School “B” Oil Lease #031251, and Fomby, O.B. Oil Lease #016890. The county has also recorded some 1,080 operators that have set foot in its territory.


Borden County

OilTexas 1Borden County saw it record high of permit approvals last year when it approved more than 90 permits. This year, it has approved 24 so far with three permits pending. These permits belong to Tall City Operations LLC, Raw Oil & Gas, Inc. and Pie Operating, LLC.

In recent years, the PPC Operating Company LLC has filed the most number of permits. Since late 2913, it has filed 12 permits. They are closely followed by Red Willow Production, LLC, Apache Corporation and Estancia Oil & Gas, LLC.

On the average, Borden County has been consistent in the number of oil barrels it produces yearly. It hit its highest point in 1998 when it produced more than 4,478,625 barrels. However, this year, oil product in the county has only reached 1,791,450 barrels. While it is definitely better than other counties, it is recorded as the lowest for this county.

Bordon County has had 719 operators so far during its oil production history. At present, the top leases in the county include Canon Ranch Unit Oil Lease #018500, Cr “G” Tract 3a Oil Lease #069695, Jo-Mill Unit Oil Lease #060465, Martin, Nan “A” Oil Lease #068405, and Rebecca Oil Lease #069392.


Brazoria County
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Years 1990 and 2012 were good for Brazoria County as they approved more than 100 permits. However, in 2014, out of the 50 submitted permits, only 31 have been approved. The remaining 19 were filed mostly in February and March of this year. 17 of these permits were filed by Denbury Onshore, LLC. One was filed by PIC Operating, LLC and the other by Argent Energy (US) Holdings Inc. This year, the West Hasting Unit Wells have been the most popular.

In 2013, Brazoria County produced the most number of barrels in its history. For 2013 alone, it produced more than 2,546,175 barrels of oil. Its lowest year of production was in 2011 when it recorded around 1,527,705 barrels of oil.

It has around 922 recorded operators. The county’s top leases include Abrams, W.H. Oil Lease #004505, Belcher, W.T. “B” Oil Lease #010386, Bennett Estate Oil Lease #022845, Black Stone Ivory Gas Lease #228848, and Davis Bintliff Gas Lease #247540.

General Information: Anderson, Angelina and Archer County


Since 2011, 50 permits have been filed in Anderson County. Of this number, 48 have been approved. Pending approval are the permits filed by Chestnut Exploration and Production, Inc. and Jamex, Inc. in February 14, 2013 and November 6, 2013, respectively. The county gave out the highest number of approved permits in its history in 1992, amounting to more than 120 permits. So far, this year shows the record low in the history of permits approved in Anderson County at 4.

In recent years, the JLA Resources Company has filed the most number of permits in the county. All 9 permits it filed have gotten approved. In fact, it was the company that filed the most recent permit in Anderson on February 28, 2014. The permit received approval last March 13, 2014.

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Second to the JLA Resources Company in permit filing is the Mueller Exploration, Inc. Since 2012, it has filed and gotten approval for 5 permits in total. The most recent was in March 26, 2013. Other companies that have filed permits in the county include Chestnut Exploration and Production, Inc., EOG Resources, Inc., Jamex, Inc., Benchmark Oil & Gas Company, and O’Benco Inc., among others.

The wells that have been most popular in recent years include Temple Inland, Tomahawk Humble B, and Herrighton 1.



In 1997, Angelina County enjoyed its most prosperous year as is produced more than 215,875 barrels. However, drilling in the county saw its peak only in early 2008 with more than 75 approved permits. However, the number of permits has been on a downward slump since 2009, noticeably after the 2008 Financial Market Crash. Now in 2014, only two permits have been filed, with only one approved. Both permits were filed by KNT Enterprises, LLC in March of 20014.


Since 2009, the company with the most number of permits filed in the county is Encana Oil & Gas (USA), Inc. It filed 17 permits within a span of one year: 2009. However, after it has since been noticeably absent in the permit filing game in Angelina County.

Companies that have emerged to file permits in the county since 2012 are KNT Enterprises, LLC; Goodrich Petroleum Company, and Devon Energy Production Co., LLP. In recent years, the Roan Thomson and DF Thomson wells have experienced the most activity.


At present, there are 144 known operators in Angelina County. Top leases include:

Aclco Hay Gu Gas
Lease #267038

Carte Bros. Gas Unit No. 5 Gas
Lease #102341

Davis Heirs Gas
Lease #237500

Hospital Gas Unit Gas
Lease #262228, and

Ryan, EM Unit
Has Leases #246316, #229467, and #236761.




Archer County saw the boom in its approval of oil permits in 1990. During this time, more than 240 permits were approved. Now, permits have been approved increasingly with more than 50  approvals this year alone.


archerHowever, the county still has a long way to go if it hopes to reach the approval highs in the last few years. In 2008, 2009, and 2011, a little under 200 permits were approved. This year’s performance, though, has already managed to eclipse the county’s worst year, 2004, where not even 40 permits were approved. At present, eight permits are awaiting approval: three permits filed by Banner Oil & Gas LLC in March 19, 2014, a permit filed by Palmer, John LLC in March 28, 2014, a permit filed by Palmer, Mike Oil on the same day, a permit filed by Elephant Oil & Gas, LLC in March 31, 2014, a permit filed by Texas Energy Operations, LC on the same day, and a permit filed by Glen D. Gonzenbach, LLC in April 1, 2014.


In 2014, two companies have filed the most number of permits: EOI Eagle Operating, Inc. and Texas Energy Operations, LC. These two are closely followed by Palmer, Mike Oil and Veitenheimer Oil Co., among others.