Top 10 Bakken Operators – December 2012

Whiting & Continental Battle It Out For Top Spot In ND
Bakken Shale Operated Production Dec 2012

Bakken Shale Operated Production Dec 2012 | Click to Enlarge

The top ten Bakken operators ranked by gross operated production include the normal list of companies. Whiting Petroleum edged out Continental Resources by a mere 15 b/d to claim top operated in December of 2012:

  1. Whiting Petroleum
  2. Continental Resources
  3. Hess
  4. Statoil
  5. EOG Resources
  6. ExxonMobil (XTO)
  7. Marathon Oil
  8. Petro-Hunt
  9. Slawson Exploration
  10. Kodiak Oil & Gas


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R.T. Dukes

R.T. Dukes

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R.T. is the managing editor and a contributor to and His experience includes research and consulting roles where he advised major oil companies. His current life revolves around his wife, two kids, and shale plays. He has been following the Bakken since early 2006. 2503 Robinhood, Houston, TX, 77005, U.S.A. | Telephone: 832.429.4790


  1. I was wondering if there are any direct participation programs available thru the major operators in Bakken. DPP are basically investment opportunities for smaller investors, who are sold fractional ownership in oil wells. I would appreciate if you could shed some light on this subject.

    • R.T. Dukes R.T. Dukes says:

      There aren’t any programs through the major operators unless you own or have leased acreage in a unit one of the big guys is developing. I don’t have enough experience with any of the guys offering direct participation to refer one over the other.

      Best of luck and do your research!

  2. frank jenks says:

    My family has held mineral rights to land in Montana (Sheridan County) for about 80 years. I know Sheridan County is at the tip of the Bakken reserve. Do you think our mineral rights to land in this county are worth anything?

  3. What have you heard on the three forks? Just comparing notes on the Baakken on what is going on up in N dak.

    • R.T. Dukes R.T. Dukes says:

      Wells are generally a little smaller, but the economics are still good. Looks like we’ll know by year end if there are 1, 2, or 3 zones that will produce in the Three Forks

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