US Rig Count Up Against in July, Marc/Utica Steady for 3rd Month

North American rig countLast month when Baker Hughes released their venerable rig count numbers, we cracked a smile that things are beginning to turn around with an increase in U.S. rig counts (see US Rig Count Up by 9 in June, Marcellus/Utica Holds Even at 36). This month we have a full-on smile. Baker Hughes released their July rig count numbers on Friday and the average number of rigs working in the U.S. was 449, up 32 from the 417 counted in June 2016. Cool! Was there also good cheer for the Marcellus/Utica? Er, well, maybe “no cheer” is the best way to put it. PA’s rig count went up by one in July, Ohio stayed the same, and West Virginia’s count went down by one. Once again in July we had a Marcellus/Utica rig count of 36, same as June and the same as May. Hey, at least it didn’t slide backward! That’s progress of a sort…

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