The U.S. natural gas rig count dropped one unit to 155 for the week ended Friday (Nov. 4), while an uptick in oil drilling nudged the combined domestic tally two units higher to 770, according to updated numbers from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR).


Domestic land drilling increased by two units for the week, while the Gulf of Mexico count was flat at 13. Total horizontal rigs increased by two, while vertical and directional drilling totals were unchanged week/week.

The 770 active U.S. rigs as of Friday compares with 550 rigs running in the year-earlier period, according to the BKR numbers, which are partly based on data from Enverus.

The Canadian rig count fell three units for the period to end at 209, up from 160 in the year-earlier period. Changes there included a decline of four...