There were 34 rigs active in the Barnett Shale this week, up three from a week ago, according to RigData. Montague County is the busiest with seven rigs, followed by Denton and Wise counties with five each and Jack and Tarrant counties with four each.
Nationally, the number of active rigs was up four to 1,742, said Baker Hughes. Rigs seeking crude oil Friday were up 19 to 1,376, rigs seeking natural gas fell by 16 to 360, and six were miscellaneous, up one. A year ago there were 1,800 rigs.-- Jim Fuquay