Biggest Jump Yet in Patterson-UTI Rig Count, Up 10 Rigs in March

As we do every month, MDN tracks how many rigs oilfield services company Patterson-UTI Energy reports operating–as a proxy for when/if the drop in rig counts for the Marcellus/Utica will turn around. Patterson operates a number of rigs in the northeast, as well as other areas of the continental United States (and Canada). Patterson was our “canary down the mine shaft” for discerning when the deep, dark recession in drilling would turn around. It happened in June 2016–and every single month since that time, including the month of March. In fact, Patterson’s March rig count jumped by 10, to an average of 88 active rigs operating in the U.S. That’s the biggest single monthly increase since they began adding rigs again last June…

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