US drilling rig count slips 13 units to 1,971

This week there were a total of 1,971 oil and gas drilling rigs working in the US, down by 13 units from the previous week. The rig count for the week ended June 15 was up by 111 rigs compared with the same period a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Land drilling operations were down by 15 units to 1,899 rigs working. There were 51 rigs drilling offshore—47 of which drilling in the Gulf of Mexico—which was up 2 rigs from the previous week. Rigs drilling in inland waters totaled 21, unchanged from last week (OGJ Online, June 8, 2012).

Rigs drilling for oil in the US slid by 9 units from a week ago to reach 1,405. Rigs targeting gas for the week ended June 15 also were down by 3 rigs to reach 562. There were 4 rotary rigs unclassified, down 1 unit from last week.

Baker Hughes reported 233 rigs conducting directional drilling, which was down 2 units from last week. Horizontal drilling decreased by 15 units to settle at 1,162 rigs.

Of the top producing states, Texas lost 8 units to 926 rigs working. Oklahoma and Colorado were down 5 rigs each to counts of 189 and 69, respectively. North Dakota was down 3 rigs to 200; Pennsylvania and Arkansas, each down 1 rig, settled at respective counts of 84 and 20. Alaska, at 7, was unchanged from last week. Four states gained 2 rigs each: New Mexico, 90; California, 55; Wyoming, 41; and West Virginia, 25.

Canada’s rig count increased by 18 rigs from a week ago, reaching 248. This is down 29 units from the same period a year ago.

Contact Steven Poruban at stevenp@ogjonline.com.

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