US oil and gas drilling rig activity this week was unchanged at 2,007 total rigs working. The rig count for the week ended Jan. 6 was up by 307 from the comparable period a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.
Drilling operations on land, offshore, and in inland waters all were unchanged from a week ago, maintaining respective counts of 1,948, 42, and 17 rigs working.
Of the US rigs working, 1,191 were drilling for oil, down 2 rigs compared with a week ago. Rigs drilling for gas for the week ended Jan. 6 gained 2 rigs to reach 811. There were 5 rotary rigs unclassified, the same as the previous week.
At 216 rigs, directional drilling activity was up by 1 unit from the previous week. Horizontal drilling dropped by 7 rigs to a total of 1,160.
Texas had the biggest gains this week, up 10 units to 927. Arkansas reached 32 units working, up 2 from a week ago. And at 150 rigs, Louisiana added 1 rig. New Mexico, Colorado, and West Virgina were all unchanged with respective counts of 81, 77, and 28. Down 1 rig each were North Dakota, 181; Pennsylvania, 112; and Wyoming, 55. Three states were off by 3 units; these were Oklahoma, 192; California, 47; and Alaska, 5.
Canada’s rig count gained 140 units from a week ago, reaching 361. This is down by 61 units from the same period a year ago.