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Sep 30, 2012 - The Associated Press

Rig count rises by 2

HOUSTON -- The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped this week by 11 to 1,848.

Texas-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,410 rigs were exploring for oil and 435 were searching for gas. Three were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, Baker Hughes listed 1,991 rigs.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Oklahoma lost nine rigs, Louisiana and Pennsylvania dropped by two and California, New Mexico and West Virginia were each down by one.

Colorado added two rigs while Texas and Wyoming each gained two. Alaska, Arkansas and North Dakota were unchanged.

Horse hair theft in S.D.

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A South Dakota horse owner is offering a $2,000 reward for information about the theft of mane and tail hair from his 10-year-old palomino mare. T.J. Aisenbrey told police Friday that his horse, Sundance, had her flaxen mane and tail hair cut for the second time in a month and a half.

The report comes as Wyoming officials are investigating an estimated 100 cases of horsehair thefts in several counties.

The 59-year-old Aisenbrey said he's "totally upset" about the vandalism and says, "If you saw it, you'd be disgusted."

Dead ducks lead to DEQ citation

CASPER -- Wyoming environmental regulators say carbon dioxide bubbling up from the ground may have killed six ducks and polluted a stream.

The leak happened in an area where CO2 is injected underground to help revive an old oil field and boost oil production.

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