Oklahoma stays steady with rig numbers while US drops more



The number of oil and gas rigs working in Oklahoma, according to Baker Hughes Co. remained at 10 this week, unchanged in the past two weeks while nationally, the number of rigs dropped a handful.

The Oklahoma count compares to 93 working rigs reported one year ago, based on service numbers provided by Baker Hughes. Nationally, the count dropped by two, leaving 251 active rigs in the oil and gas producing states. The decline included three gas rigs, leaving only 68 drilling for new energy.

The number of active oil rigs rose by one to reach 181. However, the nation’s total rig count is down 695 from the 946 rigs reported a year ago. And the decline includes 595 oil rigs and 101 gas rigs.

Oklahoma’s count of 10 rigs compares to 103 in Texas, where the count dropped by one. A year ago, there were 454 active rigs in Texas and most were in the Permian Basin. New Mexico gained one rig to reach 51 this week, far below the 109 reported a year ago.

The Red Top Rig Report published by the Independent Oil and Gas Service in Wichita, Kansas reported the number in Kansas grew by three this week to reach 7. Colorado stayed at 5 rigs while North Dakota remained at 10 rigs.

Louisiana continued with 30 rigs and Wyoming was unchanged with only one active drilling rig.

Oklahoma’s Ardmore Woodford continued with one rig while the Arkoma Woodford was empty of drilling activity, according to Baker Hughes.

The DJ Basin in northern Colorado stayed at four rigs while the Granite Wash in Western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle finally picked up one rig. The Mississippian in Oklahoma and Southern Kansas remained void of any drilling activity. The Permian Basin in West Texas and Southeast New Mexico added two rigs to reach 126, far below the 443 rigs reported a year ago.

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