Special Report: Marginally higher drilling in view in US, Canada

The roller coaster drilling year of 2009 gives way to somewhat brighter prospects in the US and Canada in 2010.US and Canada average rig counts were each down 42% in 2009 compared with 2008 by Baker Hughes figures, and in many parts of the US operators ran fewer than half the rigs on average than they did in 2008.Still, the US count rebounded from fewer than 900 rigs in early June 2009 to 1,189 as the year ended.The bright spots in the US in 2009 were in Kansas, dominated by relatively shallow drilling; North Louisiana, center of the Haynesville shale gas play, and Pennsylvania, where the Devonian Marcellus shale gas play added to drilling for even shallower Appalachian formations.Vast sh...

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