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Permian Continues to See Loss of Oil Drilling Rigs

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In its weekly release, Baker Hughes, a GE company BHGE reported a decline in weekly rig count in the United States.

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Baker Hughes’ data, issued at the end of every week since 1944, helps energy service providers gauge the overall business environment of the oil and gas industry.

A change in the Houston-based oilfield services player’s rotary rig count affects demand for energy services like drilling, completion and production provided by the likes of Halliburton Company HAL, Schlumberger Limited SLB, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc DO and Transocean Ltd. RIG.

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US Removes One Oil Rig: Oil rig tally was 788, down from 789 in the week ended Jun 7. With this, the tally for crude-drilling rig declined for two successive weeks.

Moreover, the current total, far from the peak of 1,609 attained in October 2014, is lower than 863 a year ago.

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Drilling permits are down 60% in Colorado

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Five months after the new anti frac law took effect, drilling permits are down 60% from the last decade average, one operator has declared bankruptcy, and 10 local communities have passed moratoriums on new drilling. – denver.cbslocal.com

The slowdown in hydraulic fracturing was expected by some major frac fleet operators, Some operators took the initiative and started laying off workers.

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More Oil With Less Drilling Rigs

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According to a recent Bloomberg story: “In June 2014, the U.S. pumped 8.4 million barrels of crude using 1,545 drilling rigs. Last month, it produced about 12.2 million barrels, 45% more, with just 788 rigs.”

For the rest of the industry, this is wonderful news, but for oilfield services companies large and small, these efficiencies have caused severe overcapacity and economic pain. more with less @ fool.com

The U.S Removes 12 Oil Rigs: Oil rig count was 742, down from 754 in the week ended Aug 23. Notably, the tally has never dropped to such a level since early January 2018. In the past nine weeks, drillers lowered the tally eight times. The current total, far from the peak of 1,609 attained in October 2014, is also lower than 862 a year ago.

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Halliburton Cuts 8% of North American Fracking Jobs. Christopher Wright Talks About the Slowdown in Fracking

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