Active drilling rigs in the Barnett Shale took an unusually large drop this week, down eight to 30, as icy weather could have delayed activity in the field, most of which received snow Christmas Day. Half the area's rigs were in Montague and Wise counties, where operators migrated months ago in search of oil and liquids-rich gas. Devon Energy was running seven rigs in four counties, while EOG Resources had five, all in Montague and Cooke counties, according to RigData. Montague was busiest with eight rigs, followed by Wise with seven, and Parker and Tarrant with three each.
Nationally, the rig count dropped 11 to 1,763. Rigs seeking crude oil were down 13, to 1,327, and rigs seeking natural gas were up two, to 431. Five were miscellaneous.
-- Jim Fuquay