US horizontal drill rig count illustrates the scale of shale slowdown

By James Sean Dickson
Published: Monday, 09 March 2015

The latest drill rig count data released by Baker Hughes gives an indication of the scale of the slowdown in shale exploration, which has occurred since the substantial reduction in oil prices which started in mid-2014.

The horizontal drill rig count in the US has continued to follow its recent sharp downward trajectory this week, with the total number of horizontal drilling rigs falling by 51 to 895 over the past week — the lowest level since mid-2010.

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