The U.S. rig count dropped by two rigs in the last week to a total of 536 as of July 14, according to Enverus Rig Analytics.

The most notable change in the last week was in the Permian Basin, where active rigs dropped by six. In the last month, the Gulf Coast has seen a 10-rig increase and the Anadarko Basin has added nine.

Henry Hub prices have increased nearly 40% since the end of March. The recovery over the last year in natural gas prices has fueled increased drilling in the Ark-La-Tex region, primarily driven by the Haynesville. The most active operators in the Haynesvill shale play are Aethon Energy (10 rigs), Comstock Resources (seven) and Indigo Natural Resources (six), each running three more rigs than a year ago.

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