A recent article in the Forth Worth Star-Telegram details the increasing number of oil and gas drilling rigs located in the State of Texas.  For the first time since a Houston-based firm began tracking the number of drilling rigs in the United States in 1987, the number of rigs topped 1,000.  Interestingly, the article reports that 843 of those rigs are in Texas, which account for approximately 45% of the drilling activity in the entire United States.