Eagle Ford Rig Count Falls to 192

Eagle ford rig counts
Eagle ford rig counts

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count decreased by four to 192 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week.

In recent Eagle Ford news, Chesapeake Energy filed a lawsuit against American Energy Partners. The suit alleges former CEO Aubrey McClendon stole confidential documents including maps of oil and gas prospects before leaving the company in 2013.

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The U.S. rig count fell another 48 to 1310 rigs running by the end of last week. A total of 289 rigs were targeting natural gas (down 11 from the previous week) and 1019 were targeting oil in the U.S. (37 less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.) 576 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 (181 rigs). 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 near the bottom of this article.

Eagle Ford Oil & Gas Rigs

Natural gas remained flat at 22 rigs running by the end of yesterday. Natural gas prices increased by $.14 from the previous week at $2.94/mmbtu on Friday afternoon.

The oil rig count decreased by four to 192 rigs running by the end of last week. WTI oil prices decreased by $2.14 from the previous week, trading at $50.50/bbl on Friday morning. A total of 177 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, three rigs are drilling directional wells, and vertical rigs increased by three to 12 total.  Karnes (28), Dimmit (24), and DeWitt (23) have the highest rig counts 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