Permian Basin: 315 Permits with Well Pad Development in February 2022

By Greg Tsichlis - March 18, 2022

February 2022, in the Permian Basin, DirtWork AlertTM detected 315 permits on 85 well pads currently under construction or completed.

Many drilling permits are filed but many are never drilled. It is important to identify those permits where drilling is actually going to take place. In many cases, well pads and ponds are being constructed before the permit is filed.

Permain well pad construction


Here is a list of the top 10 operators driving this activity (along with associated detections):

  • CrownQuest (31)
  • EOG (30)
  • Endeavor (23)
  • Tap Rock (15)
  • Birch (14)
  • Percussion Petroleum (14)
  • Colgate (13)
  • Matador (12)
  • Ovintiv (12)
  • XTO (11)

Feb 2022 well pads with fault lines and SRAs

This map shows site activity locations (blue dots) along with TX SRA (red lines) and NM seismic regions (yellow) and fault lines (black lines). Source: Sourcenergy


For additional details on operators, surface owners and locations of this pre-drill (and pre-permit) activity please contact us: [email protected]


DirtWork AlertTM uses satellite technology (see image below) in combination with permit data and applies artificial intelligence & machine learning to identify upstream activity earlier and more accurately than any other source.  And in many instances these pre-drilling activities are detected before a permit has been filed.

DirtWork Alert: No more chasing permits that are never drilled.