By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Mar. 5 -- US drilling activity continued to increase with 1,396 rotary rigs working in the week ended Mar. 5, 23 more than the previous week and up from 1,170 a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.
Land operations provided the gain, up by 26 rigs to 1,339 drilling. Inland waters activity declined by 1 rig to 13 working units. US offshore fell by 2 rigs to 42 in the Gulf of Mexico and a total of 44 rigs in US waters.
Of the US rigs working, 926 were drilling for natural gas, up 21 from the previous week. The number drilling for oil was unchanged at 456. There were 14 rotary rigs unclassified. Horizontal drilling increased by 16 units to 695. Directional drilling was down 5 to 230.
Texas registered the biggest gain among the major producing states, up 23 rotary rigs to 588 drilling. Colorado increased by 3 to 51. North Dakota gained 2 to 86. Oklahoma and Pennsylvania increased by 1 each to 112 and 68, respectively. Arkansas, Wyoming, West Virginia, and Alaska were unchanged with respective counts of 42, 37, 24, and 11. California’s rig count declined by 1 to 25. New Mexico was down 2 to 57. Louisiana dropped 10 to 199.
Meanwhile, Canada’s rotary rig count fell by 33 to 543 units drilling, up from 299 working in the comparable period last year.