Bakken Shale Drilling

Bakken Shale Clings to 26 Rigs

McKenzie County Continues to Dominate
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Bakken Rig Count Falls

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count remained flat this week with 26 rigs running across our coverage area by midday Friday.

A total of 419 oil and gas rigs were running across the United States this week, down 12 from last week. 87 were targeting natural gas (one less than the previous week) and 332 were targeting oil in the U.S. (11 less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.) 26 of the rigs active in the U.S. were running in North Dakota.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

The Bakken oil rigs hels steady at 26 this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices climbing to $45.92 on Friday afternoon. WTI-Brent also increased this week to $47.37 The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures increasing  to $2.18/mmbtu by midday.

McKenzie County continues to lead development with 13 rigs running this week, far outpacing other counties. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity continues to be dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 26 rigs are drilling horizontal wells
  • 0 rigs are drilling directional wells
  • 0 rigs are drilling vertical wells

Be sure to visit our Bakken Job Listings to search openings and come back weekly for updates or sign up for alerts – Daily or Weekly Email Alerts

Bakken Drilling by County

County State Previous Week Current Week County State Previous Week Current Week
MCKENZIE ND 14 13 VALLEY ND 0 0
DUNN ND 5 5 WIBAUX MT 0 0
MOUNTRAIL MT 3 3 BILLINGS ND 0 0
DIVIDE ND 1 2 BOTTINEAU ND 0 0
WILLIAMS ND 2 2 BURKE MT 0 0
MCLEAN ND 1 1 GOLDEN VALLEY ND 0 0
DANIELS MT 0 0 MERCER ND 0 0
DAWSON MT 0 0 RENVILLE MT 0 0
FALLON MT 0 0 STARK ND 0 0
RICHLAND ND 0 0 WARD ND 0 0
ROOSEVELT ND 0 0 MCHENRY ND 0 0
SHERIDAN MT 0 0 MCHENRY ND 0 0

What is the Rig Count?

The Bakken Shale Rig Count is an index of the total number of oil & gas drilling rigs running across Montana and North Dakota. The rigs referred to in this article are for ALL drilling reported by Baker Hughes and not solely wells targeting the Bakken formation. All land rigs and onshore rig data shown here are based upon industry estimates provided by the Baker Hughes Rig Count.

Read more at bakerhughes.com


Bakken Rig Count Holds Steady

Crude Oil & Natural Gas Prices Rally
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Bakken Rig Count Falls

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count remained flat this week with 26 rigs running across our coverage area by midday Friday.

A total of 431 oil and gas rigs were running across the United States this week, down one from last week. 88 were targeting natural gas (seven more than the previous week) and 343 were targeting oil in the U.S. (eight less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.) 26 of the rigs active in the U.S. were running in North Dakota.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

The Bakken oil rigs were at 26 this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices climbing to $43.73 on Friday afternoon. WTI-Brent increased this week to $45.11 The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures increasing  to $2.14/mmbtu by midday.

McKenzie County continues to lead development with 14 rigs running this week, far outpacing other counties. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity continues to be dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 26 rigs are drilling horizontal wells
  • 0 rigs are drilling directional wells
  • 0 rigs are drilling vertical wells

Be sure to visit our Bakken Job Listings to search openings and come back weekly for updates or sign up for alerts – Daily or Weekly Email Alerts

Bakken Drilling by County

County State Previous Week Current Week County State Previous Week Current Week
MCKENZIE MT 14 14 VALLEY ND 0 0
DUNN MT 5 5 WIBAUX ND 0 0
MOUNTRAIL MT 3 3 BILLINGS ND 0 0
WILLIAMS ND 2 2 BOTTINEAU ND 0 0
DIVIDE ND 1 1 BURKE ND 0 0
MCLEAN MT 1 1 GOLDEN VALLEY MT 0 0
DANIELS ND 0 0 MERCER MT 0 0
DAWSON MT 0 0 RENVILLE ND 0 0
FALLON ND 0 0 STARK ND 0 0
RICHLAND ND 0 0 WARD ND 0 0
ROOSEVELT MT 0 0 MCHENRY ND 0 0
SHERIDAN ND 0 0 MCHENRY ND 0 0

What is the Rig Count?

The Bakken Shale Rig Count is an index of the total number of oil & gas drilling rigs running across Montana and North Dakota. The rigs referred to in this article are for ALL drilling reported by Baker Hughes and not solely wells targeting the Bakken formation. All land rigs and onshore rig data shown here are based upon industry estimates provided by the Baker Hughes Rig Count.

Read more at bakerhughes.com


Bakken Rig Count at 26

Crude Futures Back up Over $40
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Bakken Rig Count Falls

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count fell by one this week landing at 26 rigs running across our coverage area by midday Friday.

A total of 432 oil and gas rigs were running across the United States this week, which is a drop of 11 over last week. 81 were targeting natural gas (eight more than the previous week) and 351 were targeting oil in the U.S. (three less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.) 26 of the rigs active in the U.S. were running in North Dakota.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

The Bakken oil rigs were at 26 this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices trading at $40.36 on Friday afternoon. WTI-Brent increased this week to $43.10 The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures decreasing  to $1.90/mmbtu by midday.

McKenzie County continues to lead development with 14 rigs running this week, far outpacing other counties. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity continues to be dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 26 rigs are drilling horizontal wells
  • 0 rigs are drilling directional wells
  • 0 rigs are drilling vertical wells

Be sure to visit our Bakken Job Listings to search openings and come back weekly for updates or sign up for alerts – Daily or Weekly Email Alerts

Bakken Drilling by County

County State Previous Week Current Week County State Previous Week Current Week
MCKENZIE ND 15 14 VALLEY MT 0 0
DUNN MT 5 5 WIBAUX MT 0 0
MOUNTRAIL ND 3 3 BILLINGS MT 0 0
WILLIAMS ND 2 2 BOTTINEAU MT 0 0
DIVIDE MT 1 1 BURKE MT 0 0
MCLEAN ND 1 1 GOLDEN VALLEY MT 0 0
DANIELS ND 0 0 MERCER ND 0 0
DAWSON ND 0 0 RENVILLE ND 0 0
FALLON ND 0 0 STARK ND 0 0
RICHLAND ND 0 0 WARD ND 0 0
ROOSEVELT ND 0 0 MCHENRY ND 0 0
SHERIDAN MT 0 0 MCHENRY ND 0 0

What is the Rig Count?

The Bakken Shale Rig Count is an index of the total number of oil & gas drilling rigs running across Montana and North Dakota. The rigs referred to in this article are for ALL drilling reported by Baker Hughes and not solely wells targeting the Bakken formation. All land rigs and onshore rig data shown here are based upon industry estimates provided by the Baker Hughes Rig Count.

Read more at bakerhughes.com


Bakken Loses More Rigs

National Rig Count Slides to 664
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Bakken Rig Count Falls

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count fell by four this week landing at 48 rigs running across our coverage area by midday Friday.

A total of 664 oil and gas rigs were running across the United States this week.148 were targeting natural gas (14 less than the previous week) and 516 were targeting oil in the U.S. (20 less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.) 48 are in ND alone.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

The Bakken oil rigs were at 48 this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices trading at $33.16 on Friday afternoon. WTI-Brent decreased $4.18 landing at $33.55.  The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures increasing to $2.47/mmbtu by midday.

McKenzie County continues to lead development with 20 rigs running this week, far outpacing other counties. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity continues to be dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 47 rigs are drilling horizontal wells
  • 1 rigs are drilling directional wells
  • 0 rigs are drilling vertical wells

Be sure to visit our Bakken Job Listings to search openings and come back weekly for updates or sign up for alerts – Daily or Weekly Email Alerts

Bakken Drilling by County

County State Last Week This Week County State Last Week This Week
MCKENZIE ND 23 20 ROOSEVELT MT 0 0
DUNN ND 12 12 SHERIDAN MT 0 0
WILLIAMS ND 7 6 VALLEY MT 0 0
MOUNTRAIL ND 6 5 WIBAUX MT 0 0
DIVIDE ND 2 2 BILLINGS ND 0 0
BURKE ND 0 1 BOTTINEAU ND 0 0
RENVILLE ND 1 1 GOLDEN VALLEY ND 0 0
STARK ND 1 1 MCLEAN ND 0 0
DANIELS MT 0 0 MERCER ND 0 0
DAWSON MT 0 0 WARD ND 0 0
FALLON MT 0 0 MCHENRY ND 0 0
RICHLAND MT 0 0

Bakken Oil & Gas News

Congress Ends Oil Export Ban

Williston Votes to Evict Man Camps

ConocoPhillips To Hold Steady in Bakken

What is the Rig Count?

The Bakken Shale Rig Count is an index of the total number of oil & gas drilling rigs running across Montana and North Dakota. The rigs referred to in this article are for ALL drilling reported by Baker Hughes and not solely wells targeting the Bakken formation. All land rigs and onshore rig data shown here are based upon industry estimates provided by the Baker Hughes Rig Count.

Read more at bakerhughes.com


Bakken Shale Ends the Year with 52 rigs

Natural Gas Rebounds to $2.33
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Bakken Rig Count Falls

Due to the holiday, we are releasing the weekly rig count post early.

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count fell by three this week landing at 54 rigs running across our coverage area by midday Thursday.

A total of 698 oil and gas rigs were running across the United States this week. 162 were targeting natural gas (same as the previous week) and 536 were targeting oil in the U.S. (two less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.) 52 are in ND alone.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

The Bakken oil rigs were at 52 this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices trading at $37.47 on Friday afternoon. WTI-Brent increased $.42 landing at $37.73 The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures increasing to $2.33/mmbtu by midday.

McKenzie County continues to lead development with 23 rigs running this week, far outpacing other counties. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity continues to be dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 50 rigs are drilling horizontal wells
  • 2 rigs are drilling directional wells
  • 0 rigs are drilling vertical wells

Be sure to visit our Bakken Job Listings to search openings and come back weekly for updates or sign up for alerts – Daily or Weekly Email Alerts

Bakken Drilling by County

County State Last Week This Week County State Last Week This Week
MCKENZIE ND 25 23 SHERIDAN MT 0 0
DUNN ND 11 12 VALLEY MT 0 0
MOUNTRAIL ND 7 6 WIBAUX MT 0 0
DIVIDE ND 2 2 BILLINGS ND 0 0
RENVILLE ND 1 1 BOTTINEAU ND 0 0
STARK ND 1 1 BURKE ND 0 0
DANIELS MT 0 0 GOLDEN VALLEY ND 0 0
DAWSON MT 0 0 MCLEAN ND 0 0
FALLON MT 0 0 MERCER ND 0 0
RICHLAND MT 0 0 WARD ND 0 0
ROOSEVELT MT 0 0 WILLIAMS ND 0 0
MCHENRY ND 0 0

Bakken Oil & Gas News

Congress Ends Oil Export Ban

Williston Votes to Evict Man Camps

ConocoPhillips To Hold Steady in Bakken

What is the Rig Count?

The Bakken Shale Rig Count is an index of the total number of oil & gas drilling rigs running across Montana and North Dakota. The rigs referred to in this article are for ALL drilling reported by Baker Hughes and not solely wells targeting the Bakken formation. All land rigs and onshore rig data shown here are based upon industry estimates provided by the Baker Hughes Rig Count.

Read more at bakerhughes.com


Bakken Rig Count Falls Three

700 Rigs Running Across United States
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Bakken Rig Count Falls

Due to the holiday, we are releasing the weekly rig count post early.

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count fell by three this week landing at 54 rigs running across our coverage area by midday Wednesday.

In recent Bakken news, Tesoro Corporation announced that it will grow its midstream operations to provide more efficient, flexible and cost-effective integrated logistics services to customers in the Bakken region. They will acquire Great Northern Midstream LLC

Read more: Tesoro Buys Bakken Assets

A total of 700 oil and gas rigs were running across the United States this week.162 were targeting natural gas (nine less than the previous week) and 538 were targeting oil in the U.S. (three less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.) 54 are in ND alone.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

The Bakken oil rigs were at 54 this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices trading at $37.50 on Friday afternoon. WTI-Brent increased $.43 landing at $37.31 The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures increasing to $1.95/mmbtu by midday.

McKenzie County continues to lead development with 25 rigs running this week, far outpacing other counties. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity continues to be dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 52 rigs are drilling horizontal wells
  • 2 rigs are drilling directional wells
  • 0 rigs are drilling vertical wells

Be sure to visit our Bakken Job Listings to search openings and come back weekly for updates or sign up for alerts – Daily or Weekly Email Alerts

Bakken Drilling by County

County State Last Week This Week County State Last Week This Week
MCKENZIE ND 26 25 ROOSEVELT MT 0 0
DUNN ND 11 11 SHERIDAN MT 0 0
MOUNTRAIL ND 8 7 VALLEY MT 0 0
WILLIAMS ND 9 7 WIBAUX MT 0 0
DIVIDE MT 2 2 BURKE ND 0 0
RENVILLE ND 0 1 GOLDEN VALLEY ND 0 0
STARK ND 1 1 MCLEAN ND 0 0
DANIELS MT 0 0 MERCER ND 0 0
DAWSON MT 0 0 WARD ND 0 0
FALLON MT 0 0 MCHENRY ND 0 0
RICHLAND MT 0 0 0 0

Bakken Oil & Gas News

Congress Ends Oil Export Ban

What is the Rig Count?

The Bakken Shale Rig Count is an index of the total number of oil & gas drilling rigs running across Montana and North Dakota. The rigs referred to in this article are for ALL drilling reported by Baker Hughes and not solely wells targeting the Bakken formation. All land rigs and onshore rig data shown here are based upon industry estimates provided by the Baker Hughes Rig Count.

Read more at bakerhughes.com


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