BY Staff and Wire reports
Saturday, February 09, 2013
2/09/13 at 3:20 AM
State drilling rig count remains at 196
The number of drilling rigs actively exploring for oil or natural gas in Oklahoma did not change this week, remaining at 196, Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday.
The tally is down 11 from a year ago, when it was 207.
Nationwide, the net number of active drilling units dropped by five this week to 1,759, according to Houston-based Baker Hughes' website.
A year ago, the U.S. rig count was 1,989.
Of the rigs operating across the country this week, 1,330, or 76 percent of the total, were drilling for oil, while 425 were exploring for gas. Four rigs were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, 63 percent of active rigs were exploring for oil, according to Baker Hughes data.
Friday on the New York Mercantile Exchange, benchmark crude oil for March delivery fell 11 cents to finish at $95.72 per barrel.
Natural gas fell 1 cent to end at $3.27 per 1,000 cubic feet.
Two Tulsa-area firms win chamber awards
Gallant Background Checks LLC of Owasso and InterWorks Inc., which has offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Stillwater, have been named Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
On Feb. 15, seven of the 100 Blue Ribbon recipients will be announced as award finalists, and one will be named the Dream Big Small Business of the Year. The winner will be presented with a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the U.S. Chamber.