The U.S. natural gas rig count climbed two units to 161 for the week ended Friday (April 28), while a mix of regional activity changes left the domestic oil drilling count unchanged at 591, according to the latest figures from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR).


The combined domestic rig count ended the period two units higher at 755, versus 698 in the year-earlier period, according to the BKR numbers, which are partly based on data from Enverus.

Land drilling increased by one rig domestically, with one rig added in inland waters. The Gulf of Mexico added one rig week/week to finish with 19, up from 13 in the year-ago period. Vertical rigs increased by five week/week, partially offset by declines of two horizontal rigs and one directional rig.

Canada dropped 12 rigs for the period to...