Rig Numbers Soar Nationally but Slip in Oklahoma

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National rig counts soared in the past week, climbing by 27 while the number of active oil and gas rigs in Oklahoma slipped by one, according to the last information from Houston-based Baker Hughes Company.

The national count swelled to 624 including 21 more oil rigs to reach a total of 498. The number of gas rigs grew by 6 to reach 125. The new count of 624 is still 85 fewer than last year at this time.

Canada’s count jumped by 30 over the past week to reach 230.

Oklahoma’s total fell the one rig to reach 80. The count in Texas grew by 17 to hit 303. North Dakota added one to hit 32. New Mexico also added one to reach 30. The count in Louisiana slipped by one to 47. Colorado added 6 to reach 26.

Baker Hughes cited only one rig working in Kansas but the Red Top Rig Report from the Independent Oil and Gas Service put the state count at 43, up from the 37 listed a week ago.

Of the various oil plays, the Mississippian remained at 4 working rigs while the Granite Wash added two to reach 13. The Permian in west Texas grew by eleven and stands at 246. The Eagle Ford’s count grew by 3 to reach 43.

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