Oklahoma’s rig count falls nearly to level a year ago

The nation’s number of oil and gas rigs continued to decline in the past week and Oklahoma followed suit, reaching nearly the same number of rigs it recorded last year at this time.

Baker Hughes released figures Friday showing the state’s rig count dropped by 3 in the past week, reaching 55 active rigs. A year ago, Oklahoma had 51 rigs drilling for new sources of oil and gas.

Nationally, numbers declined by 3 to 748. The number of oil rigs fell by two to 588 and the number gas rigs slipped by one to 157. A year ago, the rig count was 693 so this week’s national count is still 55 higher. In the past year, the U.S. added 40 more oil rigs and 14 more gas rigs.

The count in Texas dropped by two to 375 while New Mexico’s count, according to Baker Hughes, grew by one to 140. North Dakota was unchanged in the past week with 40 active rigs while Louisiana added one to its count, reaching 57 rigs.

Kansas saw a decline of one to 38 rigs, according to the Red Top Rig Report while Colorado stayed at 18, Pennsylvania gained one to 25, West Virginia continued unchanged with 16 and Wyoming saw no change at 19 active rigs.

The Permian Basin count increased by 3 to 356 and the Williston continued with 41 rigs. The Eagle Ford count declined by two to 68 and the number of active rigs in the Haynesville slipped by two to 64. The Marcellus count grew by one to 41.

The Ardmore Woodford added a  rig to reach 3 while the Arkoma Woodford was unchanged at one rig. The Cana Woodford count slipped by two to 28 and the Barnett play added a rig to hit two. The D-J Basin was unchanged at 17 while the Granite Wash count fell by two to four rigs. The Mississippian was unchanged with its count of 2 rigs and the Utica numbers dropped by one to 10 rigs.