18 October 2013 – The number of rigs drilling for oil and gas fell by four this week to a total of 1739, according to data from Houston-based services giant Baker Hughes.
Gas-directed rigs saw a rare increase, adding three for a total of 372. Oil rigs dropped by six for a total of 1361.
The Permian basin and the Utica lost the most rigs on the week, each shedding three for a total of 448 and 35, respectively.
The Eagle Ford was flat on 221.
The Williston basin added one rig for 182.
The DJ-Niobrara basin was up three rigs on 51, making it the biggest gainer on the week. Colorado was the top gainer for states, adding three for a total of 73.
The Granite Wash was down two on 61.
As for the “gassy” plays, the Marcellus was up one on 86 while the Haynesville was flat on 40 rigs.
The Fayetteville lost a rig for eight and teh Cana Woodford gained two rigs for 32.
Texas led all states with five fewer rigs and a total of 817 drilling.
Ohio and Oklahoma each lost two for totals of 33 and 176, respectively.
Most other states were at or near flat.
*Luke Johnson, Upstreamonline