Nation saw minor increase in rig activity while Oklahoma was unchanged


The number of oil and gas rigs active in the U.S. increased by two in the past week while Oklahoma held steady with 37 active rigs.

The Baker Hughes Co. reported Friday the national count grew to 618. The addition included six more oil rigs, bringing the total to 500 while the number of gas drilling rigs declined by four to 114.

In the past year, the U.S. rig count fell 164 from 782 reported a year ago and the decline included a drop of 123 oil rigs and 43 gas rigs.

Oklahoma’s count of 37 compares to 69 a year earlier. Texas remained at 302 rigs while New Mexico saw a gain of two rigs for a total of 107. North Dakota also added two rigs to reach a total of 31. Louisiana’s count grew by one to 39 rigs.

The Red Top Rig Report indicated Kansa added three rigs to reach 39 while Colorado added two for a total of 18 rigs.

Ohio’s count declined by one to 12 rigs and Pennsylvania was unchanged at 19. West Virginia stayed at 18 and Wyoming’s total declined by two to 16.

The Permian Basin numbers grew by one for a total of 311 drilling rigs. The Eagle Ford count fell one to 50 and the Williston total grew by one to 33.

The Ardmore Woodford lost its remaining rig, leaving no reported drilling activity, according to Baker Hughes. The Arkoma Woodford still has no reported rig activity while the Cana Woodford added one rig for a total of 14. The Barnett remains void of any reported drilling activity.

The D-J Basin saw a gain of one for a total of 15 rigs. The Granite Wash stayed at six rigs and the Haynesville grew by one for a total of 38 rigs.

The Marcellus count remained at 27 and the Mississippian count fell by one, leaving no reported drilling activity. The Utica count dropped one to 12.