What Criteria Qualify a U.S. Drilling Rig to Be Counted As Active?


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In order to be counted as active, a United States rotary drilling rig must be performing an actual workover or involved in a repair operation and must be manned and working throughout the counting month, as reported by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA publishes monthly reports related to active drilling rigs within the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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The EIA defines the drilling rig operation of pulling tubing from an active well as a workover for counting purposes. The agency defines a rotary rig as one that uses a rotating tube and a drilling bit to bore through rock, as defined on the EIA website. Both crude oil and natural gas drilling rigs are counted, and the EIA also includes offshore and miscellaneous drilling operations, such as stratigraphic testing and injection operations, in its total active, or in-operation, count.

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