The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in Oklahoma fell by four this week to 173, Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday.
The tally puts the state’s rig count at a level marginally higher than a year ago, when it totaled 172.
Meanwhile, the nationwide number of active drilling units dropped by 23 this week to 1,726, said Houston-based Baker Hughes.Of those rigs, 1,438 were exploring for gas and 283 for oil. Five were listed as miscellaneous.
The U.S. rig count is 9 percent higher than a year ago.
Of the other major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana gained six rigs this week, New Mexico picked up three, while the tallies for Alaska and Colorado each rose by one. The rig count for Texas fell by 17, and Wyoming lost 10 drilling units. California’s number did not change.
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