Active drilling rigs in the Barnett Shale rose to 48, up seven from last week's longtime low of 41, according to RigData. The Barnett continued to get a boost, if you can call it that, from producers focusing on areas high in liquids like crude oil or natural gas liquids, such as Wise and Montague counties (nine rigs each) and Jack (eight rigs. Tarrant County, a dry gas area that led drilling since about 2008, was surpassed earlier this year as the busiest county in the Barnett and now stands at seven rigs.
The U.S. rig count rose by one this week to 1,931, helped by a record 1,432 rigs seeking oil, said Baker Hughes Inc. Rigs seeking gas dipped to 495, with four listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, Baker Hughes listed 1,959 rigs.
-- Jim Fuquay