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Oklahoma business briefcase for Feb. 15, 2020

Drone shot of oil rig at SE 25 and High
Drone shot of oil rig at SE 25 and High

Rig count unchanged

Baker Hughes reported Friday that the number of rigs drilling for oil and natural gas remained unchanged both in Oklahoma and nation this week. Oklahoma's count was 50, down 69 from 119 a year ago.

Nationwide, the active rig count remained at 790, down 261 from 1,051 one year ago. The count for rigs drilling for oil increased by two, to 678. The number of rigs searching for natural gas declined from 111 to 110. The number of miscellaneous rigs operating was two, off by one, week-over-week.

The number of rigs working in the Cana Woodford increased by one week-over-week, to 19. The most active basins this week, Baker Hughes said, are the Permian in west Texas and southeast New Mexico at 408, the south Texas Eagle Ford at 70, the Williston at 53, the Haynesville at 41 and the Marcellus at 38.

Teacher fellowship deadline March 4

American Fidelity is bringing back the AF Teacher Fellowship for its third year, giving teachers a chance to gain real-life information technology experience while earning extra money this summer.

STEM teachers in third through 12th grade are encouraged to apply by March 4. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. Selected candidates will work in Oklahoma City-based American Fidelity's software development, IT security, data or technical infrastructure areas while earning a corporate IT salary. The fellowship includes a $2,000 stipend for classroom use after the program ends.

The fellowship program was created by Diana Bittle, who was promoted to chief information officer this month. The goal is to give teachers an experience in the IT industry they can take back to the classroom, to prepare students for careers in technology.

More information about the program is at americanfidelity.com/teacher-fellowship.

Staff reports

Dale Denwalt

Dale Denwalt has closely followed state policy and politics since his first internship as an Oklahoma Capitol reporter in 2006. He graduated from Northeastern State University in his hometown of Tahlequah. Denwalt worked as a news reporter in... Read more ›

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