Top 10 Texas Drillers

(Wednesday, Oct. 30 through Tuesday, Nov. 5)

Endeavor Energy Resources




Diamondback Energy




Occidental Petroleum


Chesapeake Energy


Kinder Morgan


Crownquest Operating


Apache Corporation


EOG Resources


Source: Railroad Commission of Texas


Permian Basin

Houston oil and natural gas company Apache Corp. continues to shift away from its Alpine High discovery in the western end of the Permian Basin. Over the past week, the company filed for six drilling permits targeting the Spraberry field on six leases in Reagan County, on the eastern side of the oil field. The wells reach a total depth of 10,000 feet.

Eagle Ford Shale

Houston oil and natural gas company SilverBow Resources is preparing to drill six horizontal wells in the dry gas window of Webb County. The wells each target the natural gas-rich Hawkville field of the Eagle Ford geological layer to a total depth of 11,000 feet.


Longview oil and natural gas company R. Lacy Services filed a drilling permit for a horizontal well on its Longino lease in Panola County, where it plans to target the natural gas-rich Carthage field of the Haynesville geological layer to a total depth of 12,000 feet.


Houston exploration and production company Lime Rock Resources is one of the last remaining horizontal drillers in North Texas. The company filed for drilling permits to develop a pair of horizontal wells on its Blake-Allison lease in Cooke County. The wells target the natural gas-rich Newark East field of the Barnett Shale to a total depth of 8,800 feet.


Spring oil and natural gas company Smith Production Inc. plans to drill a vertical well targeting the Zwebb and Wildcat fields on its BMT/K&H E lease in Webb County down to a depth of 11,800 feet