US drilling activity jumped by 16 rotary rigs to 689 units working this week, compared with 432 during the same period in 2021, according to Baker Hughes data.
Land drilling accounted for the entire gain, up 18 rigs to 675 in operation. Inland water activity remained unchanged, with 2 rigs still working. Offshore drilling was down by 2 rigs to 12 in the Gulf of Mexico.
Oil drilling increased by 13 rigs to 546. Drilling for gas increased by 3 units, to 141. There were 2 rigs unclassified. Directional drilling dropped by 3 rigs to 32 working. Horizontal drilling increased 18 rigs to 631. Vertical drilling increased by a single rig to 26 this week.
Texas’ rig count was up by 11 to 342 working. Five states gained a single rig this week, namely Oklahoma, 50; North Dakota, 33; Wyoming, 16; Colorado, 15; and Ohio, 12.
Among the rest of the major producing states, no rigs were lost this week.
Canada’s weekly rig count decreased by 13 to 111, compared with 58 rigs working a year ago. Rigs drilling for oil were down by 11 to 52 rigs running and those drilling for gas were down by 2 rigs to hit 58 this week.