U.S. rig count falls slightly; oil, natural gas prices remain high.

The active U.S. rig count fell by four in the last week, according to Enverus Rig Analytics. The count is up 2% over the last month and 67% in the last year. The largest week-over-week gains occurred in the Gulf Coast (up six) and the Anadarko Basin (up four). The Permian had the largest loss of seven rigs, and the Appalachian Basin lost six rigs.

Eleven operators in the Permian dropped at least one rig over the last week, while only six added one rig. Endeavor Energy Resources and EOG Resources were the only two operators to drop more than one rig. No companies added rigs in Appalachia over the last week, while five dropped rigs, including two which only had one rig active. Chesapeake Energy was the only operator to drop more than one rig, with its total count falling from four to two.

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