* Natural gas-directed rig count at 658, up 6Here's BHI investor relations' map of where the rigs are.
* Horizontal rig count gains for second time in 3 weeks
* Oil rigs again hit 25-year high
By Joe Silha
NEW YORK, March 30 (Reuters) - U.S. energy producers this week boosted the number of rigs drilling for natural gas for the first time in 12 weeks despite historically low prices for the fuel that have squeezed profit margins and forced some to curb dry gas drilling operations.
The gas-directed rig count climbed by six to 658, after hitting a 10-year low of 652 last week, data from oil services firm Baker Hughes released on F riday showed.
However, the gain in rigs was too small to impact prices, gas traders said. Natural gas produced during development of more-lucrative liquids-based plays is likely bolstering gas output despite the rig count drop over the last three months....MORE