Oklahoma and the U.S. continued their slow decline in the number of oil and gas rigs in the past week, according to the latest report from Baker Hughes Co. It means more drilling rigs are in storage or awaiting possible new drilling assignments.
The state count fell one to 39, far from the 64 rigs reported one year ago. The U.S numbers fell by 5 to 664. The decline included one oil rig, leaving 529 active in the oil patch, while the number of gas rigs fell by 3 to 128.
The U.S. count is now 103 fewer than a year ago when there were 767 rigs reported. The decline included 76 oil rigs and 29 gas rigs.
Texas saw its rig count unchanged at 322 while the numbers in New Mexico fell two to 111. North Dakota was unchanged at 35 rigs while Louisiana added t wo to reach 51.
The Red Top Rig Report indicated Kansas saw a decline of one to 39, the same count as in Oklahoma. While Oklahoma has more oil production than Kansas, the two states share the same number of oil and gas rigs.
Colorado’s count fell one to 14 while Ohio slipped the same, leaving 12 rigs. Pennsylvania declined by one to 22 while Utah was unchanged at 15 and West Virginia stayed at 12. Wyoming was also unchanged with 19 rigs.
The Permian Basin total added one to reach 334 rigs while the count in the Eagle Ford fell two to 55 and the Haynesville was unchanged at 44 rigs. The Marcellus fell by one to 34 and the Williston saw no change and remained at 35 rigs.
The Ardmore Woodford continued with no reported rig activity, at least based on the latest Baker Hughes report. The Arkoma Woodford stayed at one rig while the Cana Woodford was unchanged with its count of 22 rigs.
The Barnett dropped a rig and was left with no reported drilling activity, according to Baker Hughes. The D-J Niobrara remained at 14 rigs while the Granite Wash stayed at two rigs and the Mississippian saw no reported rig activity.
The Utica play count fell by one to 12 rigs.