Hurricane Harvey Didn’t Damper Rig Counts in U.S. and Oklahoma

Despite the impact of Hurricane Harvey in the south, the nation’s oil and gas rig count increased by one in the past week while Oklahoma remained steady.

The national count grew to 944 as the number of oil rigs dropped by 3 in the past week to hit 756. The number of gas rigs grew by four to reach 187.  This week’s count means the nation’s oil and gas rig numbers are 436 more than a year ago when there were 508 active rigs, according to Baker Hughes Co. of Houston.

Canada’s rig count added one to reach 202.

In Oklahoma, the count remained at 130 compared to a week earlier. Texas remained the king of oil and gas drilling with 455 rigs exploring for new energy, but the count remained the same as one week earlier. New Mexico gained three to reach 68 while Kansas added two rigs to hit a total of 35 working rigs. Arkansas fell by one to reach no active rigs. Colorado slipped by one to hit 36 and North Dakota added one rig, reaching a total of 53.

Of the various plays, the Mississippian in Oklahoma remained at four while the Granite Wash dropped one and stood at 15 active rigs. The Ardmore Woodford stayed at 2 while he Arkoma Woodford fell by one to hit 8.

In Texas, the Permian added two rigs and hit a total of 382 while the Eagle ford stayed at 73.