Rig Counts Grew in U.S. and Oklahoma in the past Week.



The latest weekly rig report by Houston-based Baker Hughes Company, an oil and gas servicing firm shows the U.S. rig count grew by eleven over the past week reaching a total of 522. Oklahoma’s count grew by one to  hit 68.

However, it should be noted the rig count is based on activity of Baker Hughes because the firm does not reflect rig activity elsewhere.

Baker Hughes showed an increase of 7 among oil rigs, hitting 425 while the number of gas rigs grew by four to hit 96. The U.S. rig count, according to Baker Hughes is still down 287 from 809 a year ago. That includes a drop of 189 oil rigs and 99 gas rigs.

Baker Hughes reports no active oil and gas drilling rigs in Kansas, but according to the Independent Oil and Gas Service company’s Red Top Rig Report in Kansas, there are 67 active rigs compared to 104 a year ago. The 67 includes 32 active and 35 pending the next location assignment. The number of Kansas rigs includes 140 stacked because of the energy downturn.

Colorado added one to reach 20. Louisiana’s count increased by one to reach 41 while New Mexico’s count grew by two to hit 30. The oil and gas rig count in Texas, according to Baker Hughes, fell by one to 245.

Of the various oil plays, Oklahoma’s Granite Wash added one rig to reach 10 while the Mississippian Play remained at three. The Arkoma Woodford in the state grew by one to reach four while the Ardmore Woodford has no active drilling. The Permian Basin in Texas added three rigs to reach 204 while the Eagle Ford dropped one to reach 36 active rigs.

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