Fifty-eight rigs were drilling today in North Texas' Barnett Shale, up one from a week earlier, according to RigData.
The leading counties are Tarrant, 19 rigs; Johnson, 8; Montague and Wise, 6 each; and Denton, 5.
The most-active operators are Devon Energy, the top Barnett Shale producer, and Chesapeake Energy, the No. 2 Barnett producer, with 12 rigs each.
Devon had four rigs in Denton County, three each in Parker and Johnson counties, and two in Wise County. Chesapeake had eight rigs in Tarrant County, three in Johnson and one in Hood.
XTO Energy had seven rigs busy, with six in Tarrant and one in Johnson. EOG Resources had six rigs, with four in Montague and one each in Johnson and Cooke.
There were 923 active rigs in Texas this week, down two from a week earlier, according to Baker Hughes.
The U.S. rig count rose by 21 this week, to 2,008, the first increase in five weeks.
Rigs drilling for oil jumped by 32, to 1,223, the highest number since Baker Hughes began keeping separate oil and gas rig counts in 1987. Natural gas rigs fell by 11, to 780, a two-year low. Changes in the counts are a reflection of strong oil prices and weak natural gas prices.
--Jack Z. Smith