Drilling

California Court Strikes Down Monterey County’s Ban on New Oil, Gas Drilling

California Court Strikes Down Monterey County’s Ban on New Oil, Gas Drilling

A Northern California county has lost an appeal to curb oil and natural gas development following an appeals court ruling. Monterey County voters in November 2016 approved Measure Z, a ballot initiative to prohibit new drilling activities in unincorporated areas. San Ramon, CA-based Chevron Corp. and other producers then filed a lawsuit, arguing the county…

October 18, 2021
U.S. Natural Gas Drilling Activity Slows; Oil Continues to Surge

U.S. Natural Gas Drilling Activity Slows; Oil Continues to Surge

Even as the U.S. natural gas rig count fell one unit to 98 for the week ended Friday (Oct. 15), a surge in the oil patch lifted the combined domestic tally 10 units higher to 543, according to updated numbers from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). A 12-rig increase in oil-directed drilling in the United States…

October 15, 2021
U.S. Natural Gas Drilling Activity Steady as Oil Patch Expands Further

U.S. Natural Gas Drilling Activity Steady as Oil Patch Expands Further

The U.S. natural gas rig count finished flat at 99 for the week ended Friday (Oct. 8), while continued expansion in the oil patch lifted the combined domestic tally five units higher to finish at 533, according to the latest data from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). A net gain of five oil-directed rigs in the…

October 8, 2021
Permian Activity Rises as U.S. Oil Patch Expands Further

Permian Activity Rises as U.S. Oil Patch Expands Further

Another week of expansion in the oil patch, led by the Permian Basin, lifted the U.S. rig count five units higher to 533 for the week ended Friday, according to the latest figures published by Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). Natural gas-directed drilling went unchanged for the period, while the addition of five oil-directed rigs put…

October 8, 2021
Oil Drilling on the Rise as Natural Gas Activity Steady in U.S.

Oil Drilling on the Rise as Natural Gas Activity Steady in U.S.

The U.S. natural gas rig count went unchanged at 99 during the week ended Friday (Oct. 1), while increased activity in the oil patch lifted the combined domestic tally seven units to 528, according to the latest figures from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). Total domestic oil-directed rigs rose seven units to 428 for the week.…

October 1, 2021
Permian, GOM Rise in U.S. Drilling Increases in Latest Baker Tally

Permian, GOM Rise in U.S. Drilling Increases in Latest Baker Tally

Increased drilling activity in the Permian Basin and in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) helped lift the U.S. rig count seven units higher to 528 for the week ended Friday (Oct. 1), according to the latest numbers from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). The total number of natural gas-directed rigs operating domestically was unchanged for the…

October 1, 2021
Tourmaline Raises Capex Plan, Accelerates Montney Drilling

Tourmaline Raises Capex Plan, Accelerates Montney Drilling

Tourmaline Oil Corp., Canada’s largest natural gas producer, plans to boost spending and pull forward some drilling in the Montney Shale originally scheduled for next year into the final weeks of 2021. The company credited “materially reduced drilling times,” particularly at its northeastern British Columbia assets, with the decision.  Tourmaline reported a 20% reduction in…

September 24, 2021
Activity Rises in Permian, Eagle Ford as U.S. Rig Count Climbs on Oil Drilling

Activity Rises in Permian, Eagle Ford as U.S. Rig Count Climbs on Oil Drilling

Increased activity in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale helped push the U.S. rig count nine units higher to 512 during the week ended Friday (Sept. 17), according to the latest data from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). A 10-rig increase in oil-directed drilling offset a one-rig decline in natural gas-directed rigs in the United…

September 17, 2021
GOM Activity Shows Modest Recovery, but U.S. Natural Gas Rig Count Eases Lower

GOM Activity Shows Modest Recovery, but U.S. Natural Gas Rig Count Eases Lower

The U.S. natural gas rig count slid one unit to 101 for the week ended Friday (Sept. 10), while a partial post-Ida recovery in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) helped lift the overall domestic drilling tally six units to 503, the latest figures from oilfield services provider Baker Hughes Co. (BKR) show. Offsetting the one-rig…

September 10, 2021
Lower 48 Permitting Stunted Overall in August, with Declines in New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming

Lower 48 Permitting Stunted Overall in August, with Declines in New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming

U.S. drilling permit activity slumped across the major Lower 48 basins in August, up sharply from a year ago but down from 2019 levels, according to Evercore ISI. The Evercore team led by analyst James West compiles a monthly report about drilling activity using state and federal data. Permits are usually requested by producers three…

September 8, 2021
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