The U.S. natural gas rig count climbed one unit to finish at 98 for the week ended Friday (June 25), while a small decline in oil rigs left the overall domestic tally flat for the period, according to data from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR).

rig count June 25

One oil-directed rig exited the patch in the United States during the week. The combined U.S. count remained unchanged at 470 active rigs, up sharply from the 265 rigs running in the year-ago period, according to the BKR numbers, which are based partly on data from Enverus.

While the U.S. count held flat week/week, more than 100 rigs have been added domestically since the start of the year amid continued recovery from the drilling lows observed during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, BKR data show.

The Gulf of Mexico added a rig for the week...