Richmond Times-Dispatch

Oil and gas tracker

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Oilfield services company Baker Hughes issues its weekly tally of U.S. oil and natural gas rigs today.

Last week, the number of rigs rose to 312. That tally included 236 rigs exploring for oil and 73 seeking natural gas. The rig count has been edging higher in recent weeks after falling sharply this year as the pandemic led to a pullback in demand for fuel. The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981. It bottomed out in August at 244.

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