The U.S. natural gas rig count fell four units to 162 for the week ended Friday (Sept. 16), while an eight-rig increase in oil-directed drilling lifted the combined domestic tally four units higher to 763, according to updated figures from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR).

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The 763 active U.S. rigs as of Friday compares with 512 rigs running at this time last year, according to the BKR numbers, which are based partly on data from Enverus.

Land drilling increased by three rigs overall, while one rig was added in the Gulf of Mexico, raising the total there to 14. Directional drilling increased by two rigs domestically, while horizontal drilling increased by three units. Partially offsetting was a one-rig decline in vertical drilling. 

Canada added six rigs week/week, all oil-directed. The...