Drilling activity declines in Oklahoma and the US

Oil and gas drilling rig counts dropped across the U.S. and in Oklahoma in the past week according to Baker Hughes Co.

Oklahoma’s count slipped by one to 51 working rigs in the state compared to the 140 active a year ago.

Nationally, the count dropped 9 to 796. The number of oil rigs fell by 7 to 670 while the number of gas rigs declined by two to 123. Overall, the U.S. count is down 279 from a year ago when there were 1,075 active oil and gas rigs.

Oklahoma’s count of 51 compares to 403 in Texas where the number dropped by one. New Mexico’s count dropped one to 104. Colorado remained at 22 and Louisiana stayed at 58. North Dakota remained at 50 and the number of rigs in Wyoming dropped by one to 25.

Oklahoma’s Ardmore Woodford play finally picked up one rig from a week ago when there was no drilling. The Arkoma Woodford declined by one to two rigs. The Granite Wash stayed at one rig while the Mississippian drilling activity continued with two rigs.

The Permian Basin activity dropped by two rigs to 403. The Williston in North Dakota remained unchanged at 52.