Patterson-UTI Active Rig Count Drops Again in April

Patterson-UTI operates (leases out) drilling rigs for shale and conventional drilling. They are one of the biggest rig firms in the Marcellus/Utica. In March Patterson reported they had an average of 142 drilling rigs operating in the United States and four rigs in Canada. Patterson just released the April numbers and the bleeding continues. In April, Patterson had an average of 131 rigs operating in the U.S. and just two in Canada. Although it’s true that drillers are today more efficient than they were just a year or two ago, this continuing dramatic drop in rig counts has everyone wondering, “When will we hit the bottom?”…

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