The U.S. natural gas rig count increased one unit to 97 for the week ended Friday (June 18), while a surge in oil-directed drilling lifted the combined domestic tally to 470 for the period, according to the latest figures from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR).

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The United States added nine rigs overall for the week, including the addition of eight oil-directed rigs. That left the combined domestic count more than 200 rigs ahead of the 266 active rigs at this time last year, according to the BKR numbers, which are based partly on data from Enverus.

The Gulf of Mexico count remained unchanged for the week at 13. Five horizontal rigs were added in the United States, along with three vertical units and one directional rig.

In Canada, the rig count surged 24 units to 117 for the week, including 15 oil-directed rigs and nine gas-directed. The Canadian count ended the period 100 units above the 17 rigs active a year ago.

Broken down by major play, the Denver Julesburg-Niobrara added three rigs for the week to grow its tally to nine. The Granite Wash, Permian Basin, Utica Shale and Williston Basin each added one rig, while the Eagle Ford and Marcellus shales each dropped a rig from their respective totals, according to BKR.

Broken down by state, Wyoming added three rigs, while Texas and Pennsylvania each added two. Also gaining rigs week/week, California, Colorado, North Dakota, Ohio and Utah each added one rig overall.

West Virginia posted a net loss of three rigs for the week, while one rig exited in Oklahoma, the BKR data show.

Reports earlier in the week showed oil and natural gas production on the rise in two states, including record output in New Mexico. New Mexico, home to part of the Permian, in March produced the most natural gas and oil on record, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Oil output averaged 1.16 million b/d in March, while gas production climbed to 6.19 Bcf/d.

Meanwhile, North Dakota exceeded its monthly production projections for April. Oil production was up 1% in April month/month to 33.6 million bbl, or 1.126 million b/d. Natural gas output grew at a 3.1% rate to 88.89 Bcf, or 2.96 Bcf/d.