The number of rigs drilling in the US rose by six this week for a total of 1861, according to data from Houston-based services giant Baker Hughes.
Oil-directed rigs gained by three units to total 1531, up 123 from a year ago. Gas rigs also gained three, for a total of 326, down 28 from the 2013 total.
The Utica shale was the hot gainer this week, adding five rigs for a total of 41. That is six more than a year ago. Consequently, Ohio was among the top gainers this week among states, adding four units for 39 total.
Pennsylvania gained two rigs for 60 and West Virginia was off by two on 25. The Marcellus gas play lost one rig for 83.
Elsewhere, the Permian basin added a rig for 546, up 77 from a year ago. The Eagle Ford was also up one on 219. The Granite Wash lost a pair for 62.
Texas as a whole lost four rigs to total 891. New Mexico was off by two on 89.
The Williston basin added one fig for 183. The Mississippian was also up one on 77.
California led all states with eight additional rigs this week for a total of 48. That is seven more than a year ago.
Alaska lost two for a total of eight.
There were two fewer rigs drilling in the US Gulf of Mexico with 56.