The U.S. natural gas rig count rose three units to finish at 105 as of Friday (Dec. 10), while more growth in the oil patch rounded out another week of gains in domestic drilling activity, the latest numbers from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR) show.


Four oil-directed rigs were added in the United States alongside the three natural gas-directed units, putting the overall domestic tally 238 rigs ahead of its year-earlier total, according to the BKR numbers, which are partly based on data from Enverus.

Six U.S. rigs were added on land, along with one in the Gulf of Mexico. Eight horizontal rigs were added, partially offset by a one-rig decline in vertical units.

The Canadian rig count fell three units to 177 for the week, up 66 rigs year/year. The three-rig net decline there was focused...