US rig count falls by six

The number of oil and gas rigs drilling in the US fell by six this week for a total of 1860, according to Houston-based services giant Baker Hughes.

The decline was felt solely in the gas-directed rig count, which lost six for a total of 320. Oil rigs stayed flat on 1536

The Marcellus shale saw the biggest swing, losing three rigs for a total of 80. Pennsylvania lost three for 57 and West Virginia was flat on 25.

In Ohio, the Utica shale was up by one on 41 and the state gained one for 39.

Texas gained a pair of rigs for 896, though the state's leading Permian basin lost two for 548. The Eagle Ford was up one on 214 and the Granite Wash gained one for 67. The Barnett shale gained two rigs for 28.

New Mexico was flat on 86.

Louisiana lost three rigs for 111, though th Haynesville shale gained a rig for 43.

The DJ-Niobrara lost a rig for 53. Colorado lost one for 65 and Wyoming was up one on 48.

North Dakota was flat on 169, as was the Williston basin, on 178.

California lost a rig for 48, as did Alaska for 10.

There were 56 rigs drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, two fewer than a week ago.

Canada gained 16 rigs for 214, of which 122 were drilling for oil, up 17 from last week.

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