Divide County, ND and the Bakken Shale Play

Divide County, ND

Divide County (1,294 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 Dolphin Field, discovered in 1986, is located in the county, and produces from the Middle Devonian Dawson Bay Formation and the Upper Devonian Souris River Formation. The only other fields producing from the Dawson Bay Formation have been in Williams County, ND, which is a core producing county for the Bakken Shale. Production rose slightly in the late 1980s, but didn't take off until the on-set of the Bakken boom in 2011, hitting its peak monthly total oil production (40,893 b/d) in March 2014.

The largest cities in Divide County are Ambrose, Crosby, Fortuna, and Noonan. The city of Crosby serves as the county seat. County services of interest to oil and gas lease owners include the Divide County Appraisal District (tax collector) office and the Divide County Clerk (property records) office.

Divide County – Bakken Shale Employment Statistics

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

  • Directly related oil & gas businesses: 74 (2013)
  • Oil & Gas employment: 294 people, representing 35% of population (2013)
  • Average wage for oil & gas professionals: $81,544 (2013)

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Major Operators in Divide

SM Energy and Samson Resources are two major operators in Divide County by production volume. Baytex and American Eagle are also active operators in the area.

E&P Companies with Operations in Divide

  • American Eagle Energy Corp.
  • Armstrong Operating, Inc.
  • Bakken Hunter, LLC
  • Baytex Energy USA, LTD
  • Citation Oil & Gas Corp.
  • Condor Petroleum, Inc.
  • Continental Resources, Inc.
  • Crescent Point Energy U.S. Corp.
  • Enduro Operating, LLC
  • Hunt Oil Company
  • Kaiser-Francis Oil Company
  • Mountain Divide, LLC
  • Murex Petroleum Corporation
  • Newfield Production Company
  • North Plains Energy, LLC
  • Petro-Hunt, LLC
  • Samson Resources Company
  • Sequel Energy, LLC
  • SM Energy Company

Divide County Pipeline Companies

  • Enbridge
  • WBI Energy