The new total is the lowest since Sept. 10, 1999, and down 1,140 year-over-year.
After a sudden 17-unit jump during the week ended Dec. 18 (OGJ Online, Dec. 18, 2015), oil-directed rigs decreased 3 units to 538, down 961 year-over-year. Gas-directed rigs, which lost 17 units last week, dropped 6 units this week to settle at 162, down 178 year-over-year.
All 9 units that dropped during the week were land-based, bringing that count to 675, down 1,095 year-over-year. Before sitting unchanged last week, they had fallen in 16 straight weeks.
Both offshore rigs and those drilling in inland waters were unchanged at 24 and 1, respectively.
Canada's rig count suffered a precipitous drop of 36 units during the week to 126, down 130 year-over-year. Most of those rigs, 27, were oil-directed, bringing that total to 44. Gas-directed rigs lost 9 units to 82.
North Dakota, Williston take losses
North Dakota and Wyoming each led the major oil- and gas-producing states with a 3-unit decline to 55 and 17, respectively. North Dakota's count, down 114 year-over-year, is the state's lowest since Nov. 13, 2009.
The Williston also fell 3 units to 55, down 124 year-over-year.
Louisiana and Arkansas each dropped 2 units to respective totals of 56 and 1. Down 55 year-over-year, Louisiana's count has again hit its lowest point since BHI began tracking states data in January 2000.
Texas, Colorado, and Alaska each edged down a unit to respective totals of 319, 24, and 11. The Lone Star State's count is its lowest since June 21, 2002, and this week's decline comes despite a 6-unit jump in the Permian to 212.
Unchanged from a week ago were Pennsylvania at 26, West Virginia at 16, Ohio at 15, California at 9, and Utah at 3.
New Mexico and Kansas each edged up a unit to 38 and 12, respectively. Oklahoma led all with a 2-unit rise to 88.
The Cana Woodford and Mississippian each edged up a unit to 39 and 12, respectively.
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