Oil and gas rig totals fall again across Oklahoma and the U.S.


The nation’s oil and gas rig numbers took another decline in the past week and included a fall for the number of rigs in Oklahoma.

Baker Hughes reported on Friday Oklahoma’s count dropped by two rigs, leaving 43 active oil and gas rigs. It compares to 51 rigs reported a year ago.

Nationally, the count fell by two to 603 rigs and the decline included a loss of 3 oil rigs, leaving 496 across the U.S. It was offset by a gain of one gas rig, boosting the gas rig count to 103.

The nation’s total rig count is 128 fewer than the 731 rigs reported one year ago. Over the past 12 months, Baker Hughes reported a decline of 90 oil rigs and 38 gas rigs.

Oklahoma’s total compared to 289 in Texas where the count fell by 3 over the past week. New Mexico added a rig to reach 109 while North Dakota was unchanged at 32 rigs and Louisiana picked up one to reach 39 rigs.

Colorado stayed at 14 rigs. The Red Top Rig Report showed Kansas dropped one rig leaving a total of 30. Ohio stayed at 11 and Pennsylvania saw no change with 21 active rigs. Utah gained a rig to reach 12 while staying unchanged were West Virginia at 8 rigs and Wyoming at 11.

Of the various oil and gas plays, the Permian Basin numbers fell by two to 314. The Williston saw no change with a count of 34 rigs. The Eagle Ford stayed at 52 rigs and the Haynesville continued with 34 and the Marcellus was unchanged at 29.

The Ardmore Woodford count dropped by one, leaving 2 active rigs while the Arkoma Woodford stayed at one rig. The Cana Woodford added a rig for a total of 22. The Barnett play continued for another week with no reported rig activity, according to Baker Hughes.

The D-J Basin stayed at 10 rigs and the Granite Wash continued with 6. The Mississippian saw no change with only one rig. The Utica play stayed at 11 rigs.