The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

The num­ber of rigs ex­plor­ing for oil and nat­u­ral gas in the U.S. in­creased by 20 this week to 809. A year ago, 464 rigs were ac­tive.

Hous­ton oil­field ser­vices com­pany Baker Hughes Inc. said Fri­day that 652 rigs sought oil and 155 ex­plored for nat­u­ral gas this week. Two were listed as mis­cel­la­neous.

Texas in­creased by eight rigs and Ok­la­homa added seven. New Mex­ico rose by three while Alaska, Cal­i­for­nia, North Dakota, Penn­syl­va­nia and West Vir­ginia gained one each.

Louisiana de­clined by two and Wy­oming by one.

Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Ohio, and Utah were all un­changed.

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