Burke County, ND and the Bakken Shale Play

Burke County, ND

Burke County (1,129 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), the Mississippian Madison play, which consists of the Charles, Mission Canyon, and Lodgepole formations, became active in the county in 1957. At the onset of the Bakken boom around 2010, oil production began shooting up in Burke County, and monthly total oil production peaked in March, 2014, at 17,263 b/d.

The largest cities in Burke County are Bowbells, Columbus, Flaxton, Lignite, Portal, and Powers Lake. The city of Bowbells serves as the county seat. County services of interest to oil and gas lease owners include the Burke County Appraisal District (tax collector) office and the Burke County Clerk (property records) office.


Burke County - Bakken Shale Employment Statistics

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

  • Directly related oil & gas businesses: 50 (2013)
  • Oil & Gas employment: 366 people, representing 49% of population (2013)
  • Average wage for oil & gas professionals: $67,790 (2013)

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Major Operators in Burke

Oasis Petroleum is the largest operator by production volume in Burke County. Petro-Hunt and Cornerstone Natural Resources are also active in the area.

E&P Companies with Operations in Burke

  • Arsenal Energy USA, Inc.
  • Condor Petroleum, Inc.
  • Continental Resources, Inc.
  • Cornerstone Natural Resources, LLC
  • Eagle Operating, Inc.
  • Enduro Operating, LLC
  • EOG Resources, Inc.
  • Hess Bakken Investments II, LLC
  • Mancal Resources Corp.
  • Oasis Petroleum North America, LLC
  • Oxy USA, Inc.
  • Petro Harvester Operating Company, LLC
  • Petro-Hunt, LLC
  • Rim Operating, Inc.
  • Silver Thread Oil & Gas Inc.
  • Taqa North USA, Inc.
  • Wapiti Operating, LLC
  • XTO Energy Inc.

Burke County Pipeline Companies

  • Basin Transload
  • Enbridge
  • Tesoro
  • WBI Energy