Texas, Permian add 16 rigs
By Richard Rostad, analyst, Oil & Gas 360

American oil and gas activity increased sharply this week after falling for six weeks in a row, according to Baker Hughes.

A net 19 rigs started drilling in the week, bringing the national total to 1,025. This increase partially reverses the past six-week slide, when a total of 45 rigs shut down.

Nineteen land-based rigs started drilling this week, while one inland waters rig came online and one offshore rig shut down. There are now exactly 1,000 land rigs active in the U.S., after activity fell below that milestone in the past two weeks.

Both oil and gas-targeting rigs increased activity this week, with 15 oil and four gas rigs starting operations. Oil no...

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