The Bakken-Three Forks rig count increased by three to 186 rigs running by the end of last week. The NDIC notes 182 rigs are active in North Dakota, but around 18 of those are in the process of moving in and rigging up.
In recent news, North Dakota will begin enforcing new regulations to combat the illegal disposal of radioactive waste beginning on June 1st, 2014, . Leak proof containers will now be required at injection well-sites to store “oil socks”, which are used to filter silt from waste water that is yielded from hydraulic fracking. The oil socks accumulate radium from the soil, rock and water present in the waste water.