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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

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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

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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 69

N.D. Senator Opposes Methane Ruling
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The Bakken-Three Forks rig count dropped to 69 rigs running across our coverage area by end of the week on Friday.

In recent Bakken news, North Dakota senator, Heidi Heitkamp, pushes back against the latest federal mandate to reduce methane emissions.

Read more:Heitkamp Reacts to Methane Ruling

The U.S. rig count fell by 16 this week, ending with 848 rigs running by midday Friday.  A total of 196 rigs were targeting natural gas (down six from previous week) and 652 were targeting oil in the U.S. (10 less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.) 70 are in ND alone.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

The Bakken oil rigs were at 69 this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices trading at $45.19/bbl on Friday afternoon, a $1.59 decrease from the previous week. WTI-Brent decreased $.1.69 landing to $48.66. The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures increasing slightly to $2.70/mmbtu by midday.

McKenzie County continues to lead development at 22 rigs this week, while Williams (14), Dunn (13) and Mountrail (13) followed behind. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity continues to be dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 66 rigs are drilling horizontal wells
  • 0 rigs are drilling directional wells
  • 3 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 ST Previous Wk Current Wk County State Previous Week Current Week
MCKENZIE ND 22 22 ROOSEVELT MT 0 0
WILLIAMS ND 14 14 SHERIDAN MT 0 0
DUNN ND 13 13 VALLEY MT 0 0
MOUNTRAIL ND 13 13 WIBAUX MT 0 0
DIVIDE ND 3 3 BILLINGS ND 0 0
DAWSON MT 1 1 BOTTINEAU ND 1 0
BURKE ND 1 1 GOLDEN VALLEY ND 0 0
MCLEAN ND 1 1 MERCER ND 0 0
STARK ND 1 1 RENVILLE ND 0 0
DANIELS MT 0 0 WARD ND 0 0
FALLON MT 0 0 MCHENRY ND 0 0
RICHLAND MT 0 0

Bakken Oil & Gas News

Shale Industry Loses Billions

Heitkamp Reacts to Methane Ruling

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


Flare Gas Measurement Package Brings Oil & Gas Companies into Compliance with Federal Mandate – Press Release

Thermal Instrument Company Offers a Complete Reliable Flare Gas Flow Measurement

Reliable, Low Cost Flare Gas Metering for Emissions Reporting

Pennsylvania-based Thermal Instrument Company, a 55 year old designer and manufacturer of industrial precision made thermal mass flow meters, has recently launched its flare gas flow measurement system for use in the upstream oil & gas exploration areas. This flare gas flow metering package brings companies into mandated monitoring compliance on flared emissions as stated by state and federal regulatory agencies. This Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Rule, 40 CFR Part 98, Subpart W is pertinent to reporting requirements and data collection for the upstream oil & gas exploration industry.

In March, 2014, the U.S. EPA published some proposed revisions to this 40 CFR Part 98, Subpart W to include general applicability, revised calculation methods and reporting requirements for specified emission sources within the source category, and some other changes to monitoring standards. Additionally, a Subpart OOOO (Quad O) has become another EPA standard for upstream & midstream gas exploration emissions compliance that must be met.

There are a small handful of oil & gas exploration companies taking the proactive approach early on to engineer the flow monitoring instrumentation onto the well pad site for monitoring the mass flow exiting the flare. At this point, the EPA has defined January 1, 2015 as a technically feasible date when the proposed revisions will be effective for this mandated monitoring and recording of flow exiting the flares at oil & gas exploration well sites.

In cooperation with a major gas exploration company in the Texas area of the Eagle Ford Shale formation, Thermal Instrument Company enhanced and completed their total flow monitoring system. Even with changes in gas composition, the flow monitoring system from Thermal Instrument Company was very repeatable and accurate and the customer was amazed at the less than five minute start-up time. The system can vary from just the flow measurement design to the whole package including solar panels, totalization module, and battery management hardware.

For more information on this flare gas flow system, contact Thermal Instrument Company at (215) 355-8400.


Bakken Rig Count – 175 – Bakken Shale Pushes Up Marathon Income in 2013 – February 7, 2014

NDIC notes around 192 rigs are active in North Dakota, but around 19 of those are in the process of moving in and rigging up
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Marathon Oil Bakken Acreage Map | Click to Enlarge

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count decreased by one rig to 175 rigs running over the past week. The NDIC notes around 192 rigs are active in North Dakota, but around 19 of those are in the process of moving in and rigging up.

In recent Bakken news, Marathon Oil’s Bakken production helped drive the company’s North American E&P segment income to $529 million in 2013, compared to $382 million in 2012.

Read moreMarathon Oil’s Bakken Production Drives North American E&P Income Up 38%

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Bakken Job Market Expected to Boom in 2014 – Again

From Pumpers to Railroad Workers, the Job Market Looks Strong

Oil and gas operators in the Bakken are on a hiring frenzy as they look to fill long-term positions.

Investments have shifted from exploration to development and that means more full-time positions are coming open with the major operators and service companies. That means even more Bakken Jobs in 2014 – Search HERE. [Read more…]


Forbes Ranks North Dakota 2nd for Business and Credits the Bakken – Video

Labor Supply Is Likely the Only Thing Keeping ND Out of the Top Spot

Forbes has ranked the state of North Dakota second for business. The study credits the Bakken Shale for North Dakota’s promising economic metrics.

When looking at the economy alone, North Dakota tops the list. The state can boast about the following annual averages over the past five years: 3.7% job growth, 3.8% income growth, 7.9% gross state product growth, and 3.6% unemployment (just 2.7% today). [Read more…]


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