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Horizontal Rigs Decline -2.9%

The total US Land Rig count was down -23, -2.9% last week with -18 horizontal rigs released. The horizontal rig count dropped to 598, -55% change compared October 2014.More discussions this week about the fall redetermination period. Each spring and fall, banks that lend to oil and gas companies do what's called a "redetermination." The banks calculate how much oil & gas companies can borrow based on reserves, commodity prices, and what the company has hedged.The redetermination conversations will be less about...

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US Land Rigs Falls Below 800

Permian Remains Strong while Bakken & EF Decline The first two weeks in September brought some stability to crude prices with WTI between $43 and $47 so far this month. Rig counts in Permian Basin and areas in Oklahoma remained constant (or a bit positive) this week. Permian accounts for 32% of the US Land rig count. Oklahoma stayed at 106 rigs this week, no change from last week.An article on Bloomberg showed the high debt operators that may be at risk going into...

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Refracs: Haynesville Players Show Results

Much has been said about the potential of restimulating or refracturing horizontal wells. E&P's and Oilfield service companies have discussed refractures (refracs) in terms of opportunities. E&Ps view refracturing as a way to increase production of existing assets, as long as the equipment and technology is proven. Oilfield service companies are developing and modifying downhole tools to refracture horizontal shale wells. The first play in the refrac in-depth series is Haynesville. The refrac series will also cover Bakken, Barnett, Niobrara, Eagle Ford, and...

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Permian: Operators Prepare for 2nd Half of Year with New Drilling Permits

The month of August has seen oil prices continue to slide to six year lows dropping into the low $38 range which hasn’t happened since February 2009. Land rig counts as well as permit activity declined too. The Permian had a total of 142 permits issued during the week of the 21st (20150821) this is down -209% from the same week last year which had 439 permits issued.Midland, Lea, and Eddy are Strongest Counties in August The top permitting week in...

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BHI Land Rig Count Climbs +2.1%, Adding +17 Oil Rigs

WTI crude continued its slump in July, entering the month at $56.96 and hovering just above $48 today. In a change of pace this week, the BHI land rig count jumped +2.1% to 830 rigs, from the past week's 813 rigs.Image Source: Bloomberg.com Oil rigs were the driving factor this week, adding +17 rigs, while gas rigs stayed flat at 206 rigs. Operators are expected to react to the recent price slump in their Q2 earnings reports and meetings over the next...

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Oil Rigs Fall -0.8% After 2 Weeks of Improvement 

The BHI land rig count decreased -0.5% to 813, with oil rigs dropping -5 and gas rigs improving by +1 over the previous week. The Permian continues to improve, adding +3 rigs for the week, bringing the count to 242. Granite Wash added +2 oil rigs after 2 weeks of holding steady at 15 rigs. In the Eagle Ford, rig activity continued to decline this month, releasing -4 rigs this week (or -3,9%), after having a strong first week in July. Gas...

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Permian: Midland & Crockett are Top Counties for Drilling Permits

The week of July 17th drilling permit activity was down -34%, with 65 permits issued. The top counties were Midland and Crockett. Both counties had 0 permits issued the week prior. Rig activity in the Permian showed positive signs, with rigs increasing +3 this week.The chart below shows the decline in activity this year compared to the same week at this time last year, which had 235 permits during the week. Core Permian Counties The top 5 permitting counties from last week (2015-07-10), which include Reeves, Lea,...

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Bakken Operators Drilling & Completing, but Only in Core Areas

Since the start of 2015, there have been 1116 permits issued in the Bakken shale play, with a monthly high coming in January at 238 permits issued. This past week, there were 29 permits issued, a -53% decrease from the previous week which had 62 permits. The top permitting county this past week was McKenzie with 14 permits, down -26% from the prior week, which had 19 permits. Other active counties include Mountrail with 6 permits, Williams with 5 permits, and Divide with...

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