The number of active U.S. drillings declined by 20 this week, to 1,694, with 919 rigs drilling for natural gas, 765 for oil and 10 miscellaneous (primarily geothermal), according to Houston-based oilfield services firm Baker Hughes. But the year-end rig count was up by 505 rigs, or 42 percent, from the year-end 2009 count of 1,189.
The Texas rig count fell by 15 this week, to 731. In North Texas’ Barnett Shale, there were 86 rigs drilling Thursday, unchanged from a week earlier, according to RigData. The leading counties were Tarrant, 29 rigs; Montague, 14; Johnson, 11; and Wise, 9.
--Jack Z. Smith