Eagle Ford Rig Count Drops Below 40

Eagle Ford Rig Counts
Eagle Ford Rig Counts

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count fell again this week, ending with 38 rigs running across our coverage area by midday Friday.

In recent Eagle Ford news,Pioneer Natural Resources announces first quarter results this week and hinted that they might restart Eagle Ford activity when crude hits $50.

Read more: Pioneer Waiting on $50 Oil for Eagle Ford

A total of 419 oil and gas rigs were running across the United States this week, down 12 from last week. 87 were targeting natural gas (one less than the previous week) and 332 were targeting oil in the U.S. (11 less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.)185 of the rigs active in the U.S. were running in Texas.

Baker Hughes reports its own Eagle Ford Rig Count that covers the 14 core counties. The rig count published on EagleFordShale.com includes a 30 county area impacted by Eagle Ford development. A full list of the counties included can be found in the table below.

Eagle Ford Oil & Gas Rigs

Natural gas rigs increased in the Eagle Ford increased to six this week as natural gas prices rose slightly to $2.18/mmbtu.

The Eagle Ford rigs targeting oil fell this week to 32 with  WTI oil prices continue their climb, ending the week at $45.92, a 2.19 increase this week. A total of 35 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, zero are drilling directional wells, and three are vertical rigs.

Karnes County leads development in the region with 11 rigs running this week. See the full list below in the Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County below.

Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County

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What is the Rig Count?

The Eagle Ford Shale Rig Count is an index of the total number of oil & gas drilling rigs running across a 30 county area in South Texas. The South Texas rigs referred to in this article are for ALL drilling reported by Baker Hughes and not solely wells targeting the Eagle Ford formation. All land rigs and onshore rig data shown here are based upon industry estimates provided by the Baker Hughes Rig Count.

Read more at bakerhughes.com