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The U.S. rig count fell for the seventeenth straight week after drillers shed another 20 rigs despite adding rigs in three states.

Baker Hughes said rigs looking for oil in the United States fell to 802 as of April 2, an 11 rig loss over last week.

Gas drillers also shed 11 rigs, dropping the number of gas rigs to 222, down from 316 a year ago.

The total U.S. rig count fell to 1,028 rigs last week, a nearly 800 rig drop from the same time last year.

The newest count suggests that the U.S. rig decline may be picking up steam again after seeing the smallest drop in four months during the week of March 31.

The directional rig count dropped by one to 93 rigs while the number of horizontal wells fell by 13 to 799 rigs, a steep slide from 1,224 rigs drilling a year ago.

Texas and North Dakota saw the biggest drops last week with each state losing six rigs.

North Dakota’s rig count continued to hover below 100 rigs with drillers in that state now operating 90 rigs.

U.S. drillers also dropped eight vertical rigs and one directional rig bringing the directional rig count to 93 and the vertical count to 136 rigs.

Texas saw its count fall to 456 rigs with most of the drops coming from the Permian Basin.

The prolific Willston Basin, home to the Bakken shale play, saw its rig count fall to 91 from 97 rigs last week.

Rig counts at the Arkoma Woodford, Barnett, Cana Woodford, DJ-Niobrara, Eagle Ford and Marcellus basins held steady from last week.

Despite the drops there were some bright spots on the report.

Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming reported no dropped rigs while California added two rigs last week and Alaska and West Virginia each added one rig.

Drillers operating in the Gulf of Mexico shed four rigs, bringing the area’s total count to 29 rigs while Canada’s rig count fell to 100, a 20 rig drop from last week.


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