U.S. RIGS DOWN 27
U.S. Rig Count is down 27 rigs from last week to 514, with oil rigs down 26 to 413, and gas rigs down 1 to 101.
U.S. Rig Count is down 796 rigs from last year at 1,310, with oil rigs down 606, gas rigs down 188, and miscellaneous rigs down 2.
The U.S. Offshore rig count is 25, unchanged from last week, and down 29 rigs year over year.
Canadian Rig Count is down 16 rigs from last week to 206, with oil rigs down 9 to 109, and gas rigs down 7 to 97.
Canadian Rig Count is down 154 rigs from last year at 360, with oil rigs down 75, and gas rigs down 79.
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