Patterson-UTI Active Rigs Finally Hits Bottom in July? Maybe

Since March MDN has been watching the active number of rigs operated by Patterson-UTI Energy as a proxy for whether or not we’ve “turned the corner” on falling rig counts in the Marcellus/Utica. Patterson is a major drilling contractor with operations in the Marcellus/Utica region. In March, Patterson ran an average of 142 U.S. rigs and 4 Canadian rigs. In April, they ran an average of 131 U.S. rigs and 2 Canadian rigs. In May, Patterson ran an average of 122 U.S. rigs and 1 Canadian rig. In June, Patterson ran an average of 112 drilling rigs in the U.S. and one rig in Canada. What about July? The number in the U.S. slide by one, to 111 drilling rigs. But the number in Canada increased–back up to 4 active rigs operating. Have we finally hit rock bottom on the lay down of drilling rigs?…

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