Bakken Rig Count is at 64

Bakken Rigs

Bakken Rigs

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count dropped to 64 rigs running across our coverage area by end of the week on Friday.

In recent Bakken news, North Dakota officials are hopeful that they have some flexibility for complying with the EPA’s new emissions-reducing Clean Power Plan.

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The U.S. rig count fell by 14 this week, ending with 795 rigs running by midday Friday. A total of 189 rigs were targeting natural gas (six less than the previous week) and 605 were targeting oil in the U.S. (9 less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.) 64are in ND alone.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

The Bakken oil rigs were at 64 this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices trading at $50.18/bbl on Friday afternoon. WTI-Brent increased $5.26landing to $53.51. The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures decreasing slightly to $2.49/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:

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

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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.