US drilling drops

US drilling activity fell by 23 units, with 1,726 rotary rigs still working this week, Baker Hughes Inc. reported Apr. 5, ahead of a 3-day Easter holiday. That compares with 1,579 rigs drilling during the same period a year ago.

By OGJ editors

HOUSTON, Apr. 5 -- US drilling activity fell by 23 units, with 1,726 rotary rigs still working this week, Baker Hughes Inc. reported Apr. 5, ahead of a 3-day Easter holiday.

That compares with 1,579 rigs drilling during the same period a year ago.

Land operations accounted for the week's loss, down 25 rigs to 1,625 drilling. Offshore drilling increased by 2 rigs to 75 in US waters, including 74 in the Gulf of Mexico. Drilling activity in inland waters was unchanged, with 26 rotary rigs working.

Texas accounted for the bulk of the loss, down 17 rigs to 807 still active. Wyoming lost 10 to 68, and Oklahoma was down 4 to 173. Louisiana on the other hand was up by 6 rigs to 191 working. New Mexico gained 3 to 74. Colorado and Alaska increased by 1 rig each to 104 and 13, respectively. California was unchanged, with 32 rigs making hole.

Canada's rig count continued its seasonal decline, down by 23 rigs to 126 working this week, vs. 269 in the same period in 269.

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