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OK rig count unchanged

Oklahoma’s rig count remained unchanged at 102 this week as the number of working rigs nationally continued to fall, Baker Hughes reported Friday.

The national working rig count declined by 21, to 991, off 30 from the 1,021 that were drilling the same week a year ago. The number of rigs drilling for oil fell to 805, while the number of rigs drilling for natural gas declined to 186.

A year ago in Oklahoma, 133 rigs were operating. The number of rigs working in the Cana Woodford basin declined by two, to 46.

The most active fields this week, Baker Hughes said, were the Permian in west Texas and southeast New Mexico at 460, the south Texas Eagle Ford at 73, the Marcellus Shale at 62, the Williston at 58 and the Haynesville at 54.

Templar CEO resigns

Templar Energy announced Friday that David D. Le Norman, its president and CEO, has resigned from those posts but will continue on as chairman of the company's board.

Brian Simmons, Templar’s chief operating officer, is replacing Le Norman as the company’s CEO, officials said.

"The board is thankful for Dave's years of service and leadership," said Michael France, a Templar director. "We understand and support his decision to step down in order to pursue other opportunities and are grateful for his many accomplishments. We wish him the very best and are confident that Brian and Templar's executive leadership team are poised to lead the Company to continued success in the future."

Simmons joined Templar in 2013 after working for Chesapeake Energy as an operations specialist.

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