Evidence is mounting that the fall in oil prices in recent months has yet to put a dent in drilling activity in Texas.
The Texas Railroad Commission reported Wednesday that it issued 3,013 oil and gas drilling permits in September, compared to 2,440 in August and 1,531 a year ago.
The continued ramp up in drilling comes as West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. crude benchmark, is trading $82 a barrel. That is down 20 percent since July, and is driving predictions oil companies will slow down drilling next year.
But so far, the boom appears to be full steam ahead.