Drilling stats down but better than expected

CALGARY — Oilfield activity in Western Canada is ramping up after the Christmas break and, while the pace is slower than last year, it’s better than some observers expected.

About 67 per cent of the drilling rig fleet was working this week, according to statistics from the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors, down from 75 per cent in the same week of 2012.

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