Oil rig counts grew in past week in U.S. but slipped in Oklahoma

The nation’s oil and gas rig count grew by 4 in the past week to reach a total of 1,048 according to figures from Baker Hughes Co. Oklahoma’s count slipped by one to reach 139, compared to the 130 reported a year ago at this time.

Nationally, the number of oil rigs grew by 2 to reach 826 while the gas rig count increased by 2 to hit 184. This week’s national count is 105 more than the 943 reported last year at this time.

While Oklahoma’s count slipped by one, the number of rigs in Texas remained at 528, far more than the 455 reported a year ago. In Kansas, the count fell by 6 to reach 44. New Mexico’s count slipped one to 102.

The count in Colorado remained at 30. North Dakota’s count stayed at 52 and the number of rigs active in Wyoming remained at 29.

Of the oil plays, the Permian Basin added a rig to grow to 486. Oklahoma’s Granite Wash dropped two to hit 13. The Woodfords in the state continued at 9. Colorado’s D-J Niobrara continued at 24 while the Eagle Ford in south Texas dropped one and fell to 78.