Basin rig count down three as oil prices rise

The rig count in the Permian Basin was down by three this week, the latest count Friday by Baker Hughes shows, with 454 rigs active in the region. A year ago, 467 rigs were active in the region.
Nationally, the oil and gas rig count is down one from last week at 987 rigs. A year ago, 1046 rigs were active. The count shows that 802 rigs sought oil, down three from the previous week, and 185 explored for natural gas, up two from the previous week.
The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981. It bottomed out in May of 2016 at 404.
The regional benchmark Plains-West Texas Intermediate Posting ended Friday at $59.25 per barrel, up $1.00 from last Friday’s close. National benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude ended at $62.76 per barrel, up $1.10 from the previous week.