The US drilling rig count decreased by 1 unit to reach 759 rigs working for the week ended Sept. 9, according to Baker Hughes data. The count is up 256 units from the 503 rigs working this time a year ago.
The number of rigs drilling on land was unchanged at 741. The number of rigs drilling in inland waters also was unchanged with 3 rigs working. The number of rigs drilling offshore decreased by 1 unit to 15.
US oil-directed rigs decreased by 5 from last week to reach 591 units. This time a year ago, 401 units were drilling for oil. Rigs targeting gas increased by 4 units to reach 166 rigs, 65 more than were drilling for gas at this time a year ago.
Among the major oil and gas-producing states, Texas saw the largest decrease in rigs. With 359 rigs running, the count is 3 fewer than were drilling last week.
Louisiana and Oklahoma each dropped a rig. Both states ended the week with 64 rigs working.
Four states added a rig this week, namely New Mexico, 109; Utah, 13; Alaska, 10; and Kansas, 1.
Canada’s rig count decreased by 3 units for the week. At 205 rigs, the count is 62 more than the 143 units drilling this week a year ago. There were 140 rigs drilling for oil in Canada this week, down 3 from the previous week, but still up 53 units from this time a year ago. The gas-directed rig count remained unchanged at 65, up 9 units from a year ago.