Bakken Rig Count Remains Steady

U.S. Running 874 Rigs
akken Rig Count Stays Flat

Bakken Rig Count Remains Flat

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count remained at 69 rigs running across our coverage area.

In recent Bakken news, 22 train cars from a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF)  train derailed last week causing an evacuation of residents in nearby homes and in a Bakken man camp

Read more: Bakken Train Derailment

The U.S. rig count decreased by two, ending with 874 rigs running by midday Friday.  A total of 209 rigs were targeting natural gas (seven less than the previous week) and 664 were targeting oil in the U.S. (five more 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 stayed at 69 rigs this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices trading at $46.91/bbl on Friday afternoon, a $1.22 decrease from the previous week. WTI-Brent decreased $2.72 landing to $51.98. The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures increasing to $2.71/mmbtu by midday.

McKenzie County continues to lead development and is running 25 running this week, while Williams (17) and Mountrail (11) followed behind. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity continues to be dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 68 rigs are drilling horizontal wells
  • 0 rigs are drilling directional wells
  • 1 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 26 25 ROOSEVELT MT 0 0
WILLIAMS ND 17 17 SHERIDAN MT 0 0
MOUNTRAIL ND 11 11 VALLEY MT 0 0
DUNN ND 9 10 BILLINGS ND 0 0
DIVIDE ND 3 3 BOTTINEAU ND 0 0
WIBAUX MT 1 1 BURKE ND 0 0
MCLEAN ND 1 1 GOLDEN VALLEY ND 0 0
STARK ND 1 1 MERCER ND 0 0
DANIELS MT 0 0 RENVILLE 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

New Regulations For Bakken Housing

Montana Mineral Owners Receive Low-Ball Offers from Federal Government

Oil Glut Causing Prices to Dive

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

More Layoff in the Region Reported
ND Pump Jack Photo

ND Pump Jack | Click to Enlarge

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count increased this week to 69 rigs running across our coverage area.

In recent Bakken news, a North Dakota railcar and logistics facility laid off 10% of its full time employees this week. Company sources blame the layoffs on decreased demand for railcars to transport Bakken crude oil.

Read more: Savage Services Cuts Jobs in Bakken

The U.S. rig count increased by 19, ending with 876 rigs running by midday Friday.  A total of 216 rigs were targeting natural gas (two less than the previous week) and 659 were targeting oil in the U.S. (21 more than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.)  69 are in ND alone.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

The Bakken oil rigs increased to 69 rigs this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices trading at $48.13/bbl on Friday afternoon, a $2.72 decrease from the previous week. WTI-Brent decreased $2.41 landing to $54.7. The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures increasing to $2.78/mmbtu by midday.

McKenzie County continues to lead development and is running 27 running this week, while Williams (14) and Mountrail (12) followed behind. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity continues to be dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 69 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 ST Previous Wk Current Wk County State Previous Week Current Week
MCKENZIE ND 27 26 ROOSEVELT MT 0 0
WILLIAMS ND 14 17 SHERIDAN MT 0 0
MOUNTRAIL ND 12 11 VALLEY MT 0 0
DUNN ND 9 9 BILLINGS ND 0 0
DIVIDE ND 3 3 BOTTINEAU ND 0 0
WIBAUX MT 1 1 BURKE ND 0 0
MCLEAN ND 1 1 GOLDEN VALLEY ND 0 0
STARK ND 1 1 MERCER ND 0 0
DANIELS MT 0 0 RENVILLE 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

Fracking Linked to Drop-Out Rates

Bakken Train Derailment

Federal Fracking Rule on Hold

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 Drops to 68

North Dakota Fights Federal Fracking Rule
Bakken Rig Count Drops

Bakken Rig Count Drops

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count decreased this week to 68 rigs running across our coverage area.

In recent Bakken news, U.S. District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl delayed the new federal fracking rule, which was to go into effect last week. The permitting of oil and gas wells on federal land will proceed under current regulations until July 22nd.

Read more: North Dakota Fights Fracking Rule

The U.S. rig count decreased by six, ending with 857 rigs running by midday Friday.  A total of 218 rigs were targeting natural gas (one more than the previous week) and 638 were targeting oil in the U.S. (seven less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.)   68 are in ND alone.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

The Bakken oil rigs decreased to 68 rigs this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices trading at $50.85/bbl on Friday afternoon, a $1.89 decrease from the previous week. WTI-Brent decreased $1.62 landing to $57.11. The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures increasing to $2.88/mmbtu by midday.

McKenzie County continues to lead development and is running 27 running this week, while Williams dropped to 14 and Mountrail stayed flat at 12. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity continues to be dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 68 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 ST Previous Wk Current Wk County State Previous Week Current Week
MCKENZIE ND 29 27 ROOSEVELT MT 0 0
WILLIAMS ND 15 14 SHERIDAN MT 0 0
MOUNTRAIL ND 12 12 VALLEY MT 0 0
DUNN ND 9 9 BILLINGS ND 0 0
DIVIDE ND 3 3 BOTTINEAU ND 0 0
WIBAUX MT 1 1 BURKE ND 0 0
MCLEAN ND 1 1 GOLDEN VALLEY ND 0 0
STARK ND 0 1 MERCER ND 0 0
DANIELS MT 0 0 RENVILLE 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

Oil & Gas Bankruptcies Likely to Increase

U.S. Oil Production Has Peaked

Savage Services Cuts Jobs 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 Oil Rigs Dip Below 70

Montana Proposes Buffer Zones
Bakken Rig Count Drops

Bakken Rig Count Drops

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count decreased this week to 70 rigs running across our coverage area.

In recent Bakken news, Montana’s  Board of Oil and Gas Conservation is considering a proposal that will require buffers zones around homes to protect them from oil and gas drilling.

Read more: Montana Considers Drilling Buffer

The U.S. rig count increased slightly, ending with 863 rigs running by midday Friday.  A total of 217 rigs were targeting natural gas (two less than the previous week) and 645 were targeting oil in the U.S. (five more 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 decreased to 69 rigs this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices trading at $52.74/bbl on Friday afternoon, a $3.98 decrease from the previous week. WTI-Brent decreased $3.12 landing to $58.73. The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures increasing to $2.77/mmbtu by midday.

McKenzie County continues to lead development and is running 29 running this week, while Williams dropped to 15 and Mountrail increased 12. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity continues to be dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 69 rigs are drilling horizontal wells
  • 0 rigs are drilling directional wells
  • 1 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 Wk Current Wk County State Previous Week Current Week
MCKENZIE ND 30 29 SHERIDAN MT 0 0
WILLIAMS ND 18 15 VALLEY MT 0 0
MOUNTRAIL ND 11 12 BILLINGS ND 0 0
DUNN ND 10 9 BOTTINEAU ND 0 0
DIVIDE ND 3 3 BURKE ND 0 0
WIBAUX MT 1 1 GOLDEN VALLEY ND 0 0
MCLEAN ND 1 1 MERCER ND 0 0
DANIELS MT 0 0 RENVILLE ND 1 0
DAWSON MT 0 0 STARK ND 1 0
FALLON MT 0 0 WARD ND 0 0
RICHLAND MT 0 0 MCHENRY ND 0 0
ROOSEVELT MT 0 0

Bakken Oil & Gas News

North Dakota Fights Fracking Rule

WPX Plans to Increase Bakken Activity

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 Increases

New Drilling Buffer Zones Proposed
Bakken Rig Count Climbs

Bakken Rig Count Climbs

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count increased this week to 76 rigs running across our coverage area.

In recent Bakken news, Montana’s  Board of Oil and Gas Conservation is considering a proposal that will require buffers zones around homes to protect them from oil and gas drilling.

Read more:Dakota Access Pipeline Concerns

The U.S. rig count increased slightly, ending with 862 rigs running by midday Thursday.  A total of 219 rigs were targeting natural gas (nine less than the previous week) and 640 were targeting oil in the U.S. (12 more than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.)   76 are in ND alone.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

The Bakken oil rigs increased to 75 rigs this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices trading at $56.72/bbl on Friday morning, a $2.91 decrease from the previous week. WTI-Brent decreased $1.41 landing to $61.85. The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures dropping to $2.71/mmbtu.

McKenzie County continues to lead development and is running 3o running this week, while Williams increased to 18 and Mountrail stayed flat at 11. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity continues to be dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 73 rigs are drilling horizontal wells
  • 2 rigs are drilling directional wells
  • 1 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 Wk Current Wk County State Previous Week Current Week
MCKENZIE ND 30 30 ROOSEVELT MT 0 0
WILLIAMS ND 17 18 RICHLAND MT 0 0
MOUNTRAIL ND 11 11 MERCER ND 0 0
DUNN ND 10 10 MCHENRY ND 0 0
DIVIDE ND 3 3 GOLDEN VALLEY ND 0 0
WIBAUX MT 0 1 FALLON MT 0 0
STARK ND 0 1 DAWSON MT 0 0
RENVILLE ND 1 1 DANIELS MT 0 0
MCLEAN ND 1 1 BURKE ND 0 0
WARD ND 0 0 BOTTINEAU ND 0 0
VALLEY MT 0 0 BILLINGS ND 0 0
SHERIDAN MT 0 0

Bakken Oil & Gas News

New York Bans Fracking

WPX Plans to Increase Bakken Activity

Two Saltwater Leaks in North Dakota

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.


Bakken Rig Count Increases

U.S. Rig Count Slows its Decline
Bakken Rig Count Increases

Bakken Rig Count Increases

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count gained one this week with 76 rigs running across our coverage area.

In recent Bakken news,OPEC announced last they will stick with their policy to produce oil at a high rate, a measure that may signal they are underestimating Bakken producers.

Read more:OPEC Decision Doesn’t Intimidate

The U.S. rig count slowed its decline this week falling by two to 857 rigs running by midday Friday.  A total of 223 rigs were targeting natural gas (dtwo more than the previous week) and 631 were targeting oil in the U.S. (four less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.)   76 rigs are running in the Williston Basin across MT, ND, and SD. 76 are in ND alone.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

The Bakken oil rigs stayed at 75 rigs this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices trading at $59.61/bbl on Friday afternoon, an $.37 decrease from the previous week. WTI-Brent fell $.67 landing to $63.02. The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures increasing to $2.82/mmbtu by midday.

McKenzie County continues to lead development and is running 3o running this week. Williams (17) and Mountrail (13) counties are the next closest producers. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity continues to be dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 74 rigs are drilling horizontal wells
  • 1 rigs are drilling directional wells
  • 1 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 Wk Current Wk County State Previous Week Current Week
MCKENZIE ND 30 30 SHERIDAN MT 0 0
WILLIAMS ND 18 17 VALLEY MT 0 0
MOUNTRAIL ND 13 13 WIBAUX MT 0 0
DUNN ND 9 10 BILLINGS ND 0 0
DIVIDE ND 4 4 BOTTINEAU ND 0 0
MCLEAN ND 1 1 BURKE ND 0 0
RENVILLE ND 0 1 GOLDEN VALLEY ND 0 0
DANIELS MT 0 0 MERCER ND 0 0
DAWSON MT 0 0 STARK ND 0 0
FALLON MT 0 0 WARD ND 0 0
RICHLAND MT 0 0 MCHENRY ND 0 0
ROOSEVELT MT 0 0

Bakken Oil & Gas News

Turning Drilling Waste into Roads

North Dakota Fights Fracking Rule
New Legislation Closes Fracking Loophole

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


MENU