No active rigs in county for week; U.S. count drops by one

Sep 24, 2017 From staff and wire reports

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by one this week to 935.

Wyoming's count was unchanged again for the week. There were no active rigs on the job in Fremont County during the week.

The 935 total is still a far larger number than the 511 rigs that were active a year ago, when the industry was trying to recover from a historic low rig count amid a nationwide oil and gas recession.

Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 744 rigs sought oil and 190 explored for natural gas this week. One was listed as miscellaneous.

Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana gained three rigs.

Alaska, New Mexico, and Texas each gained one rig. North Dakota and Oklahoma lost three rigs each, and Colorado lost two rigs.

California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, West Virginia joined Wyoming in the group with no change for the week.

The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981. It bottomed out in May of 2016 at 404.