Turnaround Continues: Patterson-UTI Sept Rig Count Up 4th Mo

Patterson-UTI logoAs 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). Month by month Paterson’s rig count has declined over the past year plus–until June (see Tide has Turned: Patterson-UTI June Rig Count Ticks Up by 2). June was the first time in over a year that Patterson’s rig count reversed and began to climb once again. In July the count went up again (see Patterson-UTI July Rig Count Goes Up for 2nd Month in Row). And wonder of wonders, the count rose again in August (see Turn Around! Patterson-UTI August Rig Count Up 3rd Mo in a Row). We were holding our breath for September. Would the count go up again? Or would the momentum stall out? The numbers are in, and Patterson reports their rig count rose by another two active rigs in September! That’s the fourth straight month of increases in the count…

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