By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Feb. 12 -- US drilling activity continued to climb, up by 11 rotary rigs to 1,346 working this week, topping the 1,339 that were drilling in the same period a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.
There were gains across the board, with land operations up by 8 rigs to 1,288 drilling. Inland waters activity increased by 2 units to 13. US offshore gained 1 rig to 43 in the Gulf of Mexico and a total of 45 rigs in US waters.
Of the US rigs working, 891 were drilling for natural gas, 13 more than the previous week. The number drilling for oil declined by 2 to 443. There were 12 rotary rigs unclassified. Horizontal drilling increased by 4 units to 891. Directional drilling was up 2 to 232.
Louisiana registered the largest gain among the major producing states, an increase of 7 rigs to 205 working. Texas and North Dakota gained 5 rigs each, for respective counts of 546 and 81. Colorado increased by 4 to 52. Oklahoma, California, and Alaska gained 1 rig each to 116, 25, and 10, respectively. Unchanged were Arkansas at 41 and Wyoming at 38. New Mexico dropped 2 rigs with 53 still drilling. Pennsylvania and West Virginia were down 4 rigs each to 66 and 23, respectively.
Canada’s rotary rig count declined by 6 to 551 still active, compared with 421 rigs working in the same period last year.