Another week—another drop in the number of active oil and gas rigs across the U.S. and in Oklahoma. Yes, that means more rigs were taken out of drilling action. So were the rig crews.
The nation’s count, according to Baker Hughes Co. and its latest numbers provided late last week, fell by 8, leaving a total of 674 active rigs in the U.S. The decline included one oil rig, leaving 545 across the nation while the number of gas rigs fell 6 to 124.
The latest count of 674 is 76 fewer than the 750 reported one year ago and the decline included 50 oil rigs and 29 gas rigs.
Oklahoma’s count fell by two in the past week to 40 active rigs. A year ago, there were 60 rigs active in the state’s oil and gas plays.
Texas saw a decline of 4 to 341 rigs while New Mexico gained 2 to rise to 108. North Dakota’s count, reported Baker Hughes, slipped by one to 34. Colorado remained at 16 rigs and Ohio was unchanged at 13.
The Red Top Rig Report showed Kansas was also unchanged with a count of 41 rigs, one more than Oklahoma. Pennsylvania was unchanged at 23 while rig activity in Louisiana fell by 4 to 43.
West Virginia continued with 12 rigs while Wyoming added one to reach 18 rigs.
The Permian Basin, which takes in West Texas and Southeast New Mexico was unchanged with 341 rigs. The Eagle Ford grew by one to 61 while the Williston count fell one to 34 rigs.
The Haynesville count fell by 6 to 44.
The Ardmore Woodford still has not reported active drilling, based on the Baker Hughes report. The Arkoma Woodford continued with one rig while the Cana Woodford stayed at 23. The Granite Wash was unchanged with 3 rigs and the Mississippian continued with one rig.
The Barnett stayed at one rig while the D-J Basin continued with 14 rigs. The Utica saw no change with its 13 rigs.