Rig counts slip in Oklahoma and Texas but make gains elsewhere


While Oklahoma’s oil and gas rig slipped by one in the past week, the nation’s numbers increased by 2 to 761 according to the latest count announced by Baker Hughes Co.

Oklahoma’s count as of this week stood at 63, down one from a week earlier but still more than the 53 rigs reported one year ago.

The U.S. count of 761 included a gain of 10 oil rigs to reach 609 while the number of gas rigs declined by 8 to 150. The nation’s count is still 126 higher than a year ago when there were 635 oil and gas operating. The growth includes 93 more oil rigs and 32 more gas rigs.

Texas is still king but lost 7 rigs in the past week, leaving 370 operational. New Mexico gained 4 to reach 109 rigs and North Dakota’s count was unchanged at 41. Louisiana saw a gain of 6 rigs to reach 66. Colorado and Pennsylvania were both unchanged, 19 and 22 respectively.

Ohio stayed at 14 and Wyoming was unchanged at 17. West Virginia’s count fell one to 15 rigs. The Red Top Rig Report indicated the rig count in Kansas was unchanged at 37.

The Permian Basin, which includes New Mexico and Texas, saw a decline of 2 rigs to 352. The Haynesville added one to reach 70 rigs while the Eagle Ford lost a rig, leaving 71 in operation.

The Ardmore Woodford lost 4 rigs, leaving only one while the Arkoma Woodford was unchanged at 2 rigs. The Cana Woodford added 2 to reach 27.

The Barnett lost one rig and now has only one operational rig. The D-J Basin is unchanged at 16 rigs while the Granite Wash saw no change with its 9 rigs.

The Marcellus is at 36, down one from the prior week. The Mississippian stayed at 4 rigs while the Utica saw no change with its 15 rigs. The Williston was unchanged at 42 rigs.