US land drilling continues to increase

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, June 25
-- Land drilling continued to increase this week while activity in inland waters and on federal leases offshore remained static. As a result, the US rig count climbed by 13 rotary rigs to 1,552 this week, up from 917 active rigs during the comparable week in 2009, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

The 13 additional rigs were all land rigs, bringing that total to 1,522 units working. Inland waters activity was unchanged with 13 rigs making hole. Offshore drilling also was unchanged from the previous week with 17 rotary rigs drilling, all in the Gulf of Mexico.

Of the US rigs working, 958 were drilling for natural gas, 5 more than the previous week. The number drilling for oil increased by 9 to 583. There were 11 rotary rigs unclassified. Horizontal drilling increased by 6 rigs to 833. Directional drilling gained 3 to 236.

North Dakota had the biggest gain in its rig count this week, up 6 to 120. Wyoming increased by 4 units to 43. Oklahoma gained 3 to 126. West Virginia was up 2 to 28. Alaska had 9 rigs working, 1 more than the previous week. New Mexico and California were unchanged at 65 and 36, respectively. Texas lost 3 rotary rigs with 671 still drilling. Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Arkansas each lost 1 rig, with respective totals of 180, 83, 54, and 38.

Canada’s rotary rig count escalated by 37 to 273 drilling, up from 148 in the same period last year.

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