Active drilling rigs in the Barnett Shale rose by three to 40, the third straight week of gain and a rebound from the 30 rigs that were running the week of Dec. 28, the lowest for the field in years. It's the busiest for the field since the week of Nov. 9, when there were also 40 active rigs, according to RigData. As has been the case for the past two years, activity was concentrated in Wise and Montague counties, which had 18 rigs seeking the oil and natural gas liquids found in that part of the Barnett. Tarrant, Denton and Jack counties each had four rigs.
-- Jim Fuquay