Cuts in the Permian Basin and in the Eagle Ford Shale saw the combined U.S. rig count tumble six units to finish at 669 for the week ended Friday (July 21), according to the latest tally from oilfield services provider Baker Hughes Co. (BKR).


Declines in the United States for the period included seven oil-directed rigs and two natural gas-directed units. Partially offsetting was the addition of three miscellaneous rigs. The combined 669 active U.S. rigs as of Friday compares with 758 rigs running in the year-earlier period, according to the BKR numbers, which are based partly on data from Enverus.

Land drilling fell by five rigs domestically, with one rig departing from inland waters. Horizontal drilling decreased by six rigs, along with a decline of one directional rig. One...