The U.S. natural gas rig count slid one unit to 116 for the week ended Friday (Dec. 1), while gains in the oil patch lifted the overall domestic count to 625, according to the latest figures from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR).

Changes in the United States for the period included the addition of five oil-directed rigs, as well as the departure of one miscellaneous unit, according to the BKR numbers, which are based in part on data from Enverus.

Domestic land drilling increased to 603 rigs, up three week/week, while the Gulf of Mexico held flat at 19 rigs. An increase of five horizontal rigs was partly offset by declines of one directional rig and one vertical rig, the BKR data show. 

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