Bottineau County, ND and the Bakken Shale Play

Bottineau County, ND

Bottineau County (1,698 sq. miles) is located in North Dakota and sits atop the Bakken Shale play. It is one of 16 active oil & gas producing counties in our North Dakota coverage area, but is outside the core area for production.

According to the North Dakota Geological Survey (NDGS), shallow gas was discovered from a glacial till in Bottineau County in 1907, and provided sufficient quantity to supply the towns of Mohall, Westhope, Lansford, and some small towns and farmsteads during the early part of the 20th century. However, by 1920, the produced volume had decreased so much that only a few farmsteads could still be supplied. Oil production has remained relatively steady since the late 1950s, but monthly total oil production peaked in December, 1961, at 9,187 b/d.

Bottineau's largest cities are Antler, Bottineau, Gardena, Kramer, Landa, Lansford, Maxbass, Newburg, Overly, Souris, Westhope, and Willow City. Bottineau is the largest city in the county and serves as the county seat. County services of interest to oil and gas lease owners include the Bottineau County Appraisal District (tax collector) office and the Bottineau County Clerk (property records) office.

Bottineau County - Bakken Shale Employment Statistics

The following information is provided by the North Dakota Workforce Intelligence Network (NDWIN) for Bottineau County, ND:

  • Directly related oil & gas businesses: 59 (2013)
  • Oil & Gas employment: 524 people, representing 26% of population (2013)
  • Average wage for oil & gas professionals: $66,738 (2013)

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Major Operators in Bottineau

Corinthian Exploration (USA) Corp. is the largest operator by production volume in Bottineau County. Legacy Oil & Gas ND, Inc. and Enduro Operating, LLC are also active in the area.

E&P Companies with Operations in Bottineau

  • Ballantyne Oil, LLC
  • Berenergy Corporation
  • Citation Oil & Gas Corp.
  • Continental Resources, Inc.
  • Corinthian Exploration (USA) Corp.
  • Double AA Oil, LLC
  • Eagle Operating, Inc.
  • Encore Energy Partners Operating, LLC
  • Enduro Operating, LLC
  • Fox Operating Company
  • Great American Royalties, Inc
  • HRC Operating, LLC
  • Legacy Oil & Gas ND, Inc.
  • Murex Petroleum Corp.
  • Petro Harvester Operating Company, LLC
  • Rim Operating, Inc.
  • Whiting Oil and Gas Corp.
  • Zargon Oil (ND) Inc.

Bottineau County Pipeline Companies

  • Alliance
  • Enbridge