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North American Rig Counts and Drilling Activity
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Heat map showing recent United States lower 48, onshore drilling activity. 


May, 2017
Heat map showing recent United States lower 48, onshore drilling activity.  May 2017
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Historical activity maps clearly show the rise of the shale plays over the past 10 years in the United States and Canada.  Even during the recent pullback, we estimate that 90% or more of onshore US drilling was still related to shale gas, shale oil and light, tight oil play drilling. Click here for movie animation of USA oil and gas drilling rig activity between 2004 to late 2014.

Historical Drilling Activity Maps

United States, Lower 48 Drilling Activity Map:  June 2014
United States, Lower 48 Drilling Activity Map:  June 2004


The next two activity maps provide some context for the most recent activity map shown previously.  The map to the left reflects the drilling landscape at the nadir this past June of the recent down cycle.  In contrast, the map to the right reflects the peak in activity of the most recent upcycle in Sept. of 2014.

 "Heat" Map for for June 2016, During Which, USA Drilling Activity Hit Its Low for the Recent Down Cycle  
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Peak USA Drilling Activity:   "Heat" Map for Sept. 12, 2014

USA oil and gas drilling heat/activity/rig count map; fall/September 2014
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USA Drilling Trends:  Oil, Gas and Total
USA Drilling Trends:  Oil, Gas and Total, May 2017
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USA Horizontal  vs Vertical Drilling Rig Activity
USA Horizontal  vs Vertical Drilling Rig Activity, May 2017
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NYMEX Oil Price Versus USA Oil Rig Count
NYMEX Oil Price Versus USA Oil Rig Count
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Henry Hub Gas Price Versus USA Gas Rig Count
Henry Hub Gas Price Versus USA Gas Rig Count
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Rig Count for Several Select Shale Oil and/or Light Tight Oil Plays:
Eagle Ford, Bakken, Mississippian Lime (Chat), and DJ Niobrara  (May 2017)
Rig Count for Several Select Shale Oil and/or Light Tight Oil Plays:
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Rig Count for Several Select Shale Gas Plays:  Marcellus,
Utica,  Barnett, and Haynesville  (May 2017)
Rig Count for Several Select Shale Gas Plays:  Marcellus,
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Rig Counts for Other Shale Oil and/or Light, Tight Oil Plays:
Permian-Midland Subbasin, Permian-Delaware SubBasin,
SCOOP (Woodford, Spring), Powder River Deep (Niobrara, Shannon)  (May 2017)
Rig Counts for Other Shale Oil and/or Light, Tight Oil Plays:
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Approximate Permian Basin Horizontal Rig Count (May 2017)Approximate Permian Basin Horizontal Rig Count (May 2017)
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Drilling Rig Activity Map - Permian Basin (May 2017)
Drilling Rig Activity Map - Permian Basin (May 2017)
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US Drilling Rig Activity Map-Permian Basin
US Drilling Rig Activity Map-Permian Basin May 2017
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US Drilling Rig Activity Map-STACK/SCOOP, Central Oklahoma
US Drilling Rig Activity Map-STACK/SCOOP, Central Oklahoma, May 2017
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US Drilling Rig Activity Map-Marcellus/Utica
US Drilling Rig Activity Map-Marcellus/Utica, May 2017
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US Drilling Rig Activity Map-Eagle Ford
US Drilling Rig Activity Map-Eagle Ford, May 2017
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US Drilling Rig Activity Map-Haynesville, East Texas, and North Louisiana
US Drilling Rig Activity Map-Haynesville, East Texas, and North Louisiana, May 2017
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US Drilling Rig Activity Map-Rocky Mountain Region
Powder River, DJ Niobrara, Green River, Piceance, and Uinta
US Drilling Rig Activity Map-Rocky Mountain Region, May 2017
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US Drilling Rig Activity Map-Bakken
US Drilling Rig Activity Map-Bakken, May 2017
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US Drilling Rig Activity Map-California
US Drilling Rig Activity Map-California, May 2017
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