Thanks to the consensus view of stable to higher oil prices, U.S. oil and gas mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the third quarter jumped by 250 percent from Q2 to stand at a total of value of US$32 billion, energy data analytics company Drillinginfo said on Thursday. The value of the Q3 M&A activity in the U.S. oil and gas industry broke all quarterly records dating back to the fourth quarter of 2012. The US$32-billion worth of M&A deals was 76 percent higher than the quarterly average of US$18.3 billion since 2009, Drillinginfo…