Rig numbers remain steady in Oklahoma while nation sees slight gain


Oklahoma’s oil and gas rig count held steady in the past week while the national total increased by one to 625.

Baker Hughes Co. released its weekly Rig Count on Friday showing a pickup of 2 oil rigs to reach a total of 504 while the number of gas-drilling rigs declined one to 117.

The U.S count is down 143 from the 768 reported a year ago including a decline of 106 oil rigs and 39 gas rigs.

Oklahoma’s count stayed at 37 and saw no change from a week earlier. A year ago,,there were 66 rigs active in the state.

Texas still has the most oil and gas rigs with 311, showing a gain of 3 rigs in the past week. New Mexico’s count fell one to 100 while North Dakota was unchanged at 30. Colorado remained at 16 while the Red Top Rig Report showed Kansas had a loss of 3 rigs, leaving 35 active in the state.

Louisiana’s count slipped one to 42 while Pennsylvania added a rig for a total of 22. Ohio was unchanged at 10 rigs. West Virginia’s count declined by one to 7 rigs while Wyoming stayed at 18.

The Permian Basin, the nation’s most active shale play, saw its count grow by one to 313 over the past week, according to the Baker Hughes Co. report.

The Williston remained at 33 rigs while the Eagle Ford added one rig for a total of 51. The Haynesville count slipped by one to 39 while the Marcellus was unchanged at 29 rigs.

The Ardmore Woodford count fell by one, leaving only one rig active in the play while the Arkoma Woodford continued for another week with no drilling activity. The Cana Woodford count slipped one to 14 rigs while the D-J Basin was unchanged at 14. The Granite Wash stayed at 6 rigs and the Mississippi saw no change with its one rig.

Staying at 10 rigs was the Utica and the Barnett continued another week with no reported drilling activity.