Active West Virginia Gas Drilling Rigs On The Rise

Associated Press

Updated Mon, May 14, 2012 5:01 pm

The number of active Pennsylvania gas drilling rigs is continuing to decline, while the number in West Virginia is increasing.

Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that there were 95 drilling rigs operating in Pennsylvania, down one from the previous week. That's also down from 108 a year earlier and from a peak of 116 reached during the summer of 2011.

There were 22 rigs in West Virginia last week, up one from the previous week and up four from a year ago.

Drilling rigs bore the holes and set pipes, but all wells don't go into production immediately.