• Total US oil rigs were down this week, -4 to 796
• Horizontal oil rigs fell, -5 to 694. This was the third biggest weekly drop since the trough of the cycle in May 2016
• None of the plays, except the Permian, is above their July 2017 peak
• We appear to be once again looking at an inflection point
• Both Harold Hamm (CLR) and Mark Papa (ex-EOG) have warned that shales will not live up to expectations. Rig counts ex-Permian support this thesis.
CR note: This graph shows the US horizontal rig count by basin.
Graph and comments Courtesy of Steven Kopits of Princeton Energy Advisors LLC.