Aug 20, 2010 3:41 PM by Melissa Canone
HOUSTON (AP) - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and
natural gas in the U.S. increased by 11 this week to 1,651.
Houston-based drilling systems provider Baker Hughes Inc. said
Friday that 985 rigs were exploring for natural gas and 655 for
oil. Eleven were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago this week, the
rig count stood at 985.
Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, the biggest gain was
in Oklahoma with 16. Colorado and New Mexico each gained one. Texas
lost four rigs, Wyoming lost two and Pennsylvania lost one. Alaska,
Arkansas, California, Louisiana, North Dakota and West Virginia
The rig tally peaked at 4,530 in 1981, during the height of the
oil boom. The industry posted a record low of 488 in 1999.