I worked as a landman for Red Sky Land which is a leasing company for Cheasapeake and Red Sky did a 50% reduction in work force today. There is plenty of gas in the Barnett Shale, but as was stated above Cheasapeake over paid and now they are cutting down on production to make some money back. They are going from 160 +/- rigs to just about 100 +/- rigs by March of '09. Halliburton, XTO, EOG, Schlumberger are all good companies that are still making money and hiring. Change isn't always a bad thing just scary sometimes. To the OP, I would stay in the same field that you are in if you can. If not then I would make sure that you have a position lined up before making the move up towards Ft. Worth. Job hunting and xmas time are not very good things together unless you are looking for seasonal only work.