After reporting only a handful of rigs working in the Barnett Shale for some time, industry publication RigData last week reported that it could not find any active rigs in the natural gas field that underlies about two dozen counties in North Texas.
It was shocking news for an area that supported nearly 200 rigs a week less than a decade ago.
“Sorry to inform you but there are no rigs currently working in the Barnett Shale,” said an email Friday from LuAnn Zellner, RigData editorial director. “The report produced zero results.”
On Monday, Mary Jane Arias, a lead editor, said they were so taken aback by the finding last week that they triple checked what was going on, verifying that the last rig had packed up and moved on. The last Tarrant County rig was near Interstate 20 and U.S. 287.
“We thought there was something wrong with the system — so we checked it,” Arias said, adding that it marked the second straight week without any new wells being drilled in the Barnett. “It is just so slow right now.”