US drilling shows healthy increase

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, July 15
-- US drilling activity finally registered a healthy increase for this month, up by 18 rotary rigs to 1,905 working vs. 1,571 a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Land operations had the biggest increase, of course, up 14 rigs to 1,852 active. Inland waters gained 2 to 18. Offshore drilling also was up by 2 rigs to 35, all in the Gulf of Mexico.

Of the US rigs working, 1,013 were drilling for oil, 6 more than the previous week. The number drilling for natural gas increased by 12 to 885. There were 7 rotary rigs unclassified. Horizontal drilling gained 13 to 1,086. Directional drilling increased by 9 units to 253.

Texas had the biggest increase among major producing states, up by 11 rigs to 861 drilling. Louisiana increased by 4 to 173. California and Alaska gained 2 units each to respective counts of 47 and 8. North Dakota, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Arkansas each gained 1 rig to 154, 82, 51, and 34, respectively. Pennsylvania and West Virginia were unchanged at 115 and 20. Oklahoma lost 1 rig to 175; Colorado was down 1 rig to 69.

Canada’s rotary rig count escalated by 63 to 394 units drilling. That compared with 365 active rigs in the same period last year.

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