U.S. rig count drops 11; La. dips 3 U.S. rig count drops 11; La. dips 3 The Associated Press Oct. 10, 2012 Comments HOUSTON — The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped this week by 11 to 1,837. Texas-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,398 rigs were exploring for oil and 437 were searching for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, Baker Hughes listed 2,012 rigs. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 10 rigs, Louisiana and North Dakota each dropped by three and Alaska and Oklahoma were down two apiece. Pennsylvania added three rigs and California two. Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged.