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US rig count flat at 952

But Permian drillers see modest gains according to Baker Hughes

The total number of active rigs in the US remained unchanged this week at 952, according to data from Houston-based services giant Baker Hughes.

The flat count was another sign on Friday that drilling activity may be bottoming  in the US. The pace of additions has slowed and even faltered in recent weeks.

Drillers added two oil rigs this week for a total of 765. That's 408 more than in the same period a year ago.

But drillers also shed two rigs chasing gas this week, for a total of 187. That compares with 89 a year ago.

Texas saw the biggest gains, adding three rigs for 466. The rise was reflected in the state's Permian basin, which added four rigs. New Mexico, which is home to the western part of the basin, did not add any rigs this week.

Elsewhere in Texas, the Eagle Ford play lost four rigs.

Further west, the state of Utah added two rigs this week for a total of nine.

Another western state, Colorado, gained a single rig for a total of 37. The state's DJ-Niobrara basin was seen adding two units as well.

North Dakota also picked up a single rig in the Williston basin for a total of 53.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma shed two rigs overall to total 134. However, the state's Cana-Woodford play dropped four rigs this week.

Alaska and Louisiana lost two rigs each for respective totals of six and 67.

The offshore rig count was flat at 21.

Canada added two rigs for a total of 191.

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