According to oil services firm Baker Hughes, the number of rigs drilling for natural gas in the U.S. is now at a one-year high of 927 active rigs. That number includes all three types of drilling: directional, vertical and horizontal. The number also includes all gas drilling in the U.S., not just the Marcellus Shale. Still, it is encouraging and the trend has been up 11 weeks in a row.
For more details on the recent numbers, see this article:
Reuters (Mar 12) – US natural gas rig count up for 11th straight week
For more data on rig counts, including downloadable spreadsheets & PDF files, see:
Baker Hughes – Investor Relations – Rig Counts