Numbers of active rigs continue falling across the U.S.


Another week and another drop in the number of oil and gas rigs active in the U.S.

While Oklahoma held steady over the past week with no change of its 42 active drilling rigs, the U.S. count fell by 5 to 682, reported Baker Hughes Co. on Friday. The decline included 6 oil rigs, leaving 546 still active while the number of gas rigs was unchanged at 130. The offshore count slipped by one to 19.

Compared to a year ago when there were 753 oil and gas rigs in the U.S., the most current count is down 71. The decline included a drop of 48 oil rigs and 27 gas rigs.

Oklahoma’s unchanged count of 42 compares with 60 rigs one year earlier.

Texas saw a decline of 2 to 345 rigs while New Mexico gained 2 to reach 106. The count in North Dakota fell by one to 35 rigs while Louisiana’s total fell by 3 to 47.

The Red Top Rig Report indicated the rig count in Kansas declined by 3 to 41 rigs while Colorado was unchanged at 16. Ohio stayed at 13 and Pennsylvania added one rig to reach 23. West Virginia’s count slipped by one to 12 rigs while Wyoming saw no change with its count of 17.

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The Permian Basin count slipped by one to 341 while the Eagle Ford stayed at 60 and the Haynesville declined by one to 50 rigs. The Marcellus was unchanged at 35 and the Williston numbers fell one to 35 active rigs.

The Ardmore Woodford remained without any active drilling, according to Baker Hughes, but the Arkoma Woodford was unchanged with only one rig. The Cana Woodford remained at 23 and the Barnett stayed at one rig.

The D-J Basin saw no change with its count of 14 rigs and the Granite Wash continued with 3 rigs. The Mississippian was unchanged with one rig and the Utica stayed at 13 rigs.