"For the oil and natural gas segment, production for the quarter increased 5% over the first quarter of 2013 with oil and natural gas liquids (NGLs) production increasing from 40% to 45% of total equivalent production. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2013, production decreased 4%, or 1,745 barrels of oil equivalent (Boe) per day. The decrease was due primarily to weather related factors. The combination of weather related issues and mechanical issues reduced anticipated 2014 production by approximately 2.2 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe), representing approximately 2% of our original production guidance for 2014. Fortunately, the weather related issues appear to be behind us and the mechanical issues are mostly resolved. Going forward, we plan to accelerate our development operations in the Granite Wash and our SOHOT (Southern Oklahoma Hoxbar Oil Trend) emerging play while slowing our drilling schedule in the Mississippian play. Our original capital budget of
"Rig utilization in our contract drilling segment improved through the first quarter. Average utilization increased 4% to 68 drilling rigs working compared to 65 drilling rigs working in the fourth quarter of 2013. The improvement is continuing into the second quarter. We sold four idle 3,000 horsepower drilling rigs to an international contractor during the quarter. Our first BOSS drilling rig was placed into service in late March, bringing our total rig fleet to 118 drilling rigs. We have contracts for three additional BOSS drilling rigs. Those drilling rigs are currently being built and scheduled to go into service in the second and third quarters of this year.
"Our midstream segment continues to benefit from our previous capital investments in several of its projects including the Bellmon facility in the Mississippian play in
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