Nation’s oil and gas rig count dropped while Oklahoma held steady


The nation’s count of active oil and gas rigs dropped in the past week, falling by 3 and leaving 617 rigs pursuing new energy in the U.S.

The rig count provided by Baker Hughes Co. on Friday indicated Oklahoma held steady at 44 rigs, still 14 below the count from a year ago.

The U.S. count drop included two oil rigs and one gas rig. There are still 506 active oil rigs and 109 gas rigs across the nation. The number of active rigs is 134 fewer than a year ago when the count totaled 751 active rigs. The decline over the year included 84 oil rigs and 49 gas rigs.

Texas saw a decline of three rigs to 294  over the past week while New Mexico’s count grew by one to 109 and North Dakota held steady at 32 rigs.

The count in Kansas, according to the Red Top Rig Report, slipped by two to 29 rigs while Colorado was unchanged at 16 and Pennsylvania stayed at 22. Utah’s count saw no change at 12 and West Virginia held steady at 8 rigs while Wyoming continued with 11.

The Permian Basin numbers fell one to 316 while the Eagle Ford count dropped by one to 55. The Haynesville held steady at 34 rigs and the Marcellus remained at 30. The Williston continued with a count of 34 rigs

The Ardmore Woodford added a rig to bounce back onto the positive with one rig. The Arkoma Woodford remained at one rig and the Cana Woodford slipped two to 20 active rigs.

The Barnett continued with no drilling activity, according to Baker Hughes.

The D-J Basin remained at 11 rigs while the Granite Wash added a rig to reach a total of 4. The count in the Mississippian slipped one and left only one rig active. The Utica count was unchanged at 12 rigs.