Drilling rigs in the Eagle Ford – and everywhere else

(Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News)
(Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News)

Texas continues to have more than a quarter of the world’s drilling rigs that are hunting oil and gas, according to the latest Baker Hughes Rig Count.

Most of the Texas rigs are working in five major fields across the state.

There are 399 rigs in the Permian Basin in West Texas, 232 rigs in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, 45 rigs in the Granite Wash in the Panhandle, 31 rigs in the Barnett Shale in North Texas and 18 rigs in the Haynesville Shale in East Texas.

Overall, Texas has 837 rigs, about 47 percent of all U.S. rigs — and 26 percent of the 3,193 rigs looking for oil and gas around the world.

Our neighbors are busy, too. Oklahoma has 187 rigs, Louisiana has 106 rigs, New Mexico has 75 rigs, and Arkansas has 15 drilling rigs operating, according to Baker Hughes.

Here’s the breakdown of drilling rigs across the Eagle Ford region:

Atascosa County: 10
Bee County: 1
Dewitt County: 26
Dimmit County: 24
Frio County: 2
Gonzales County: 23
Karnes County: 39
La Salle County: 33
Live Oak County: 14
Maverick County: 1
McMullen County: 29
Webb County: 20
Wilson County: 4
Zavala County: 6

And here’s where rigs are operating across the country:

Alabama: 6
Alaska: 9
Arkansas: 15
California: 41
Colorado: 62
Florida: 1
Illinois: 4
Indiana: 2
Kansas: 28
Kentucky: 1
Louisiana: 106
Michigan: 1
Mississippi: 12
Montana: 10
Nebraska: 2
Nevada: 4
New Mexico: 75
North Dakota: 179
Ohio: 33
Oklahoma: 187
Pennsylvania: 57
South Dakota: 1
Texas: 837
Utah: 29
Virginia: 1
West Virginia: 23
Wyoming: 43