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Oklahoman business cover brief for April 13


Rig count continues decline in state, nation

The number of working rigs resumed its fall nationally this week as it continued to decline in Oklahoma, Baker Hughes reported Friday.

The national working rig count declined by three, to 1,022, about 1.4% more than the 1,008 rigs that were drilling the same week a year ago. The number of rigs drilling for oil climbed to 833, while the number of rigs drilling for natural gas declined to 189.

In Oklahoma, the working count declined to 104 rigs, down by three from a week earlier and down from 128 a year ago. The number of rigs working in the Cana Woodford basin declined by two, to 48.

The most active fields this week, Baker Hughes said, were the Permian in west Texas and southeast New Mexico at 464, the south Texas Eagle Ford at 77, the Marcellus Shale at 62, the Williston at 61 and the Haynesville at 56.

Staff report