Platts RigData, a forecasting and analysis unit of S&P Global Platts, announced the U.S. rig count for March 2017 was 901, up 67 (8%) from February 2017, and up 391 (77%) from March 2016. This rig count includes U.S. onshore, U.S. inland waters and U.S. offshore Gulf of Mexico drilling rigs. 


  • March U.S. land rig count: 852, up 61 from the previous month and up 399 from March 2016
  • March U.S. inland waters and Gulf of Mexico rig count: 49, up 6 from the previous month, and down 8 from March 2016.



S&P Global Platts (Platts) is the leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets. Platts acquired RigData, a provider of daily information on rig activity for the natural gas and oil markets across North America, on June 1, 2016.