Active drilling rigs in the Barnett Shale slipped by one, to 27, after taking a big drop of seven rigs the previous week, according to RigData. Montague and Denton counties, which tend to produce more crude oil and liquids than elsewhere in the field, were the busiest with six rigs each, followed by Jack and Wise counties with four each.
Nationally the rig count fell by 14 this week to 1,768, said Baker Hughes. There were 1,395 rigs, down 16, exploring for oil, while 372 rigs, up three, were looking for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous, down one. A year ago there were 1,774 active rigs.
-- Jim Fuquay