Wise County's 10 active rigs pushed the Barnett Shale rig count to 36, up three from a week ago, according to RigData. Well over half the North Texas field's rigs are in the wet and "oily" portion of the field's northwest reaches, including Wise, Montague with six and Jack with five. Palo Pinto County, which doesn't often enter the picture, had a new vertical well by G&F Oil Inc., which also has a rig in Jack County. Johnson County had three active rigs, up from the one or two the former hotspot has been running in the past year. Devon Energy as usual is the busiest operator, with nine rigs, followed by EOG Resources with four and EnerVest Operating with three each
Nationally, rigs actively looking for oil and natural gas was down a dozen to 1,749. Houston-based Baker Hughes said iFriday. There were 1,316 rigs were exploring for oil and 429 for gas. Four were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 2,008 active U.S. rigs.
-- Jim Fuquay