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The graphs on the left show the rate of growth compared to the earliest year for which we have data -- in most cases 2003. The gray lines represent a theoretical constant annual rate of change. The bar charts on the right show the actual values for each year we have data. For example, in 2011, Texas had 8,391 new wells drilled.

88 enforcement staff for 284,142 wells in 2011
52,016 class 2 underground injection wells in 2010, according to the EPA | More »

Wells Drilled: Change Since 2003

Wells Drilled

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
9,447
9447.0
10.6K
10564.0
10.7K
10651.0
13.3K
13295.0
13.7K
13727.0
16.6K
16569.0
21K
20956.0
9,477
9477.0
8,391
8391.0

Enforcement Actions: Change Since 2003

Enforcement Actions

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
520
520.0
295
295.0
439
439.0
498
498.0
484
484.0
535
535.0
549
549.0
447
447.0
185
185.0

Oil And Gas Enforcement Staff: Change Since 2003

Oil And Gas Enforcement Staff

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
101
101.0
100
100.0
97
97.0
100
100.0
100
100.0
106
106.0
105
105.0
87
87.0
88
88.0

Oil And Gas Department Budget: Change Since 2003

Oil And Gas Department Budget

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
$30.2M
30200000.0
$28.4M
28400000.0
$30.5M
30500000.0
$36.3M
36300000.0
$36.5M
36500000.0
$42.2M
42200000.0
$42.2M
42200000.0
$41.6M
41600000.0
$39.6M
39600000.0

Total Wells: Change Since 2003

Total Wells

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
238K
238115.0
243K
242932.0
246K
245985.0
250K
249596.0
250K
250175.0
264K
263704.0
274K
273660.0
283K
282896.0
284K
284142.0

Notes: Data, except for enforcement actions, are for the calendar year. Wells drilled and total wells come from reports on the Railroad Commission of Texas website. Enforcement actions include all enforcement referrals for legal action due to oil and gas rule violations. The numbers for enforcement staff reflect inspectors. Total wells are active wells.