Rig count remained steady in Oklahoma but slipped nationally


Rig activity remained steady in Oklahoma over the past week while the nation’s count slipped by 3 to 623 rigs, reported Baker Hughes Co. on Friday.

Oklahoma remained at 38 rigs and still far from the 69 rigs reported in the state a year ago.

Nationally, the count decline included a drop of 2 oil rigs to 501 while the number of gas rigs was unchanged at 119. The U.S. count is 153 below the 776 rigs reported a year ago and the decline included a drop of 119 oil rigs and 35 gas rigs.

Texas saw a gain of two to reach 308 rigs while New Mexico’s count declined by four to 102. North Dakota was unchanged at 32 while Louisiana saw a gain of three to 44 rigs.

The count in Kansas fell by two to 35, according to the Red Top Rig Report. Colorado stayed at 17 rigs and Ohio continued with a dozen. Pennsylvania’s count slipped by one to 20 rigs while West Virginia saw a growth of one to reach 9 rigs. Wyoming was unchanged at 16 rigs.

The Permian Basin, the nation’s largest shale producer, saw its count slip by one to 313 rigs. The Williston saw no change from its count of 33 rigs and the Marcellus stayed at 29. The Haynesville saw growth of 3 rigs to reach 42 while the Eagle Ford added two rigs to reach 52.

The Mississippian continued with no reported rig activity, according to Baker Hughes while the Ardmore Woodford added a rig to reach one rig drilling in the play. The Arkoma Woodford still has no reported activity while the Cana Woodford saw a gain of one to reach 19 total rigs.

The Barnett stayed at one rig and the D-J Niobrara continued with 14. The Granite Wash was unchanged at six rigs while the Utica stayed at 13.