US drilling activity slumps

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Apr. 15
-- US drilling activity slumped this weekend, down 10 rotary rigs with 1,772 still working, compared with 1,421 during the comparable period a year ago, said Baker Hughes Inc.

Most of the loss was in land drilling, down 8 units to 1,727 drilling. Offshore activity dipped by 2 rigs to 26, all in the Gulf of Mexico. Inland waters were unchanged with 19 rigs active.

Of the US rigs working, the number drilling for natural gas decreased by 4 to 885. Those drilling for oil were down 6 to 880. There were 7 rigs unclassified. Directional drilling was down 13 rigs to 217. Horizontal drilling dropped 6 units to 1,003.

Texas had the biggest loss among major producing states, down 12 rotary rigs to 779 working. Pennsylvania was down 5 to 102. Louisiana lost 3 to 171. New Mexico was down 2 to 74. Arkansas and West Virginia lost 1 rig each to 35 and 14, respectively. Colorado, California, and Wyoming were unchanged with respective counts of 72, 41, and 40. North Dakota increased by 1 rig to 160. Alaska was up 2 to 6.

Canada’s rig count fell by 24 units to 167 drilling in its seasonal decline. That was up from 122 rotary rigs working in the same period last year.

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