Topic: Texas Shale

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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Eagle Ford: Top Shale Operators Issue New Drilling Permits

Drilling Permits Down -16.9% as Dimmit Increases and DeWitt Falls This past week, permits in the Eagle Ford fell 16.9% to 49, compared to the previous week's 59 permits. Decreasing activity this past week in De Witt only yielded 11 permits, compared to the previous week's 21 permits. County permitting continued in counties like La Salle and McMullen, with 7 permits a week for the last two weeks, and Frio County, which had 3 permits for each of the last two...

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Horizontal Rigs Stay Flat While Vertical Rigs Drop -10.1%

The BHI land rig count declined -0.8% to 827 rigs from last week's 834. The decline this week stems from the vertical rig count, which dropped 11 rigs or -10.1% from last week's 109 rigs. The horizontal rig count stayed flat at 666 rigs and the directional rig count jumped +4 rigs to 63 from last week's 59. The Eagle Ford sank this week by -7 rigs, 4 of which were oil rigs and 3 were gas. Basins with one...

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U.S. Land Rigs Drop to 834

The BHI land rig count dropped -10 rigs (or -1.2%) to 834 rigs from last week's 844. The WTI crude oil price closed last week at about $60 per barrel. Oil-directed rigs dropped -12 rigs (or -1.9%) to 619 from last week's 631. Compared to this time last year, oil-directed rigs are down -58%.Summary of Shale PlaysPermian Basin -0.4% to 232 rigs, compared to last week’s 233 rigs Eagle Ford +2.8% to 110 rigs, from last week's 107 rigs Williston Basin -1.3% to...

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Less Volatility and +0.4% More Rigs This Week

The Baker Hughes (BHI) US land rig count improved this week by adding 3 rigs, bringing the count to 844 rigs from last week's 841 rigs (a 0.4% increase). For the week, -2 horizontal rigs were dropped while +4 vertical rigs and +1 directional rig were added. Fayetteville saw the most action, adding +2 rigs and bringing the count to 8 rigs from last week's 6 rigs. There was also activity in the miscellaneous category adding +6 rigs, half of which were horizontal and...

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11 Rigs Idled While E&Ps Talk Uncompleted Wells

After a fairly steady week for the commodity markets, the BHI land rig count dropped -11 rigs or -1.3% to 843 rigs from last weeks 854.The Eagle Ford felt the biggest impact this week dropping -5 rigs to 105 rigs from last week’s 510 rigs, all of which were horizontal. Cana Woodford continued to release rigs falling -3 rigs to bring the count to 35 from last weeks 38 rigs. The Permian dropped -2 gas rigs while adding just +1...

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WTI Closes at $59.15 and Only 26 Rigs Idled

As the first quarter of 2015 comes to an end, WTI closed at $59.15 and the BHI land rig count dropped -26 rigs or -2.9% compared to last week.The Permian and Eagle Ford dropped a combined -13 rigs this week to land at 348 rigs which is -52.3% since the start of 2015. The Williston basin has added +1 rig to the count this week to end at 80 rigs. Gas rigs have started a slight decline after a few...

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WTI Closes at $56 and Key Shale Production Declines

The Baker Hughes US Land Rig Count declined to 904 down -3.5% this week. WTI closed at $56.37 per barrel. Here's a summary chart for the week:Summary of Shale Play Rig CountsPermian Basin -2.3% to 258 rigs compared to last week’s 264 rigs Eagle Ford -1.6% to 123 rigs from last week at 125 rigs Williston Basin -5.6% to 84 from last week’s 89 rigs Marcellus -1.4% to 69 from last week's 70 rigs Mississippian -22.5% to 31 from last week's 40 rigs DJ-Niobrara stayed flat this week at 28 rigs Utica -7.1% to 26 rigs compared to...

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