Oklahoma remained steady with rig numbers while nation’s count dropped 6


The nation’s number of active oil and gas rigs dropped by six in the past week, reported Baker Hughes Co.

The count dropped to 613 while Oklahoma held stead with 44 active rigs, still down from the 59 reported a year earlier.

Nationally, the numbers included a decline of 5 oil rigs to 506 while the number of gas-drilling rigs dropped by one to 105. The U.S. total is 142 fewer than a year ago when the count was 755. The decline over the past year included a drop of 85 oil rigs and 56 gas rigs.

Oklahoma’s count of 44 compared to a drop of four rigs to 290 in Texas. New Mexico added 5 rigs for a total of 111 while North Dakota was unchanged at 32.

The Red Top Rig Report showed the state of Kansas rig count fell by one to 30. Colorado’s count, according to Baker Hughes, slipped one to 15 while other states were unchanged—Ohio stayed at 12, Pennsylvania at 21, Utah at 12, West Virginia at 9 and Wyoming at 11.

Of the oil and gas plays, the Permian Basin was strongest with a gain of one to 316. The Eagle Ford remained at 55 rigs while the Haynesville was unchanged at 36 and the Marcellus stayed at 30 active rigs. The Williston remained at 34.

The Ardmore Woodford continued with its lone active rig as did the Arkoma Woodford. The Cana Woodford had no change with a count of 21. The Barnett remained without any reported drilling activity, based on the Baker Hughes report.

The D-J Basin count fell one to 11 and the Granite Wash continued with a count of 3 rigs. The Mississippian stayed at two rigs. The Utica was unchanged with a count of 12.