The number of drilling rigs working in the Barnett Shale was unchanged this week at 26, according to RigData. For the first time in years, however, Wise County was not the busiest, yielding the top spot to Denton County with six rigs. Wise and Montague counties each had five rigs working, and Tarrant County had three.
Nationally, active rigs dropped by seven this week to 1,762, said Baker Hughes. Rigs seeking crude oil fell six to 1,402, those seeking natural gas were unchanged at 354, and miscellaneous rigs were down one to six.-- Jim Fuquay