The U.S. rig count wound up in the red again last week after losing six rigs.

According to Baker Hughes, the number of oil and gas rigs drilling in the United States fell to 842, down from 1,931 rigs drilling during the same period last year.

Oil drillers dropped eight rigs last week, pulling the oil rig count down to 644 compared to 1,601 rigs a year ago.

The number of rigs drilling for gas rose to 198  after a two rig gain, while the directional rig count jumped to 83 after also adding two rigs.

Horizontal drillers also dropped eight rigs last week, dragging the horizontal drill count down to 640 rigs compared to 1,341 rigs operating during the same time last year.

The vertical rig count held steady from last week at 119 rigs.

Rig counts in Alaska, Arkansas, California, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged from last week.

Drillers in Texas lost one rig after a three rig add in the state’s Permian Basin and a two rig drop in the Eagle Ford Basin.

Pennsylvania lost two rigs last week while Louisiana and North Dakota lost three rigs each.

Colorado, New Mexico and Utah added one rig a piece.

The Williston Basin, home of the Bakken shale play, recorded a three rig loss and drillers in the Mississippian Basin dropped five rigs last week.

The Utica Basin added one rig last week while the Marcellus Basin lost two rigs.

Canada saw its rig count fall to 182 rigs after dropping three gas rigs.

The rig count in the Gulf of Mexico held steady from last week at 29 rigs.


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