Golden Valley County, ND - Bakken Shale Play

Golden Valley, ND

Golden Valley County (1,002 sq miles) is located in North Dakota and sits atop the Bakken Shale and Three Forks formations. It is one of 16 active oil & gas producing counties in our North Dakota coverage area, but is outside the core area for production.

Golden Valley didn't have much measurable production until the mid 1970's, hitting its peak monthly total oil production (4,430 b/d) in January 2001. The Bakken Formation is productive along its southwestern depositional limit in Golden Valley County, and neighboring Billings County, according to the North Dakota Geological Survery (NDGS).

The three largest cities in Golden Valley are Beach, Golva, and Sentinel Butte. Beach City is the largest in the county and serves as the county seat. County services of interest to oil and gas lease owners include the Golden Valley Appraisal District(tax collector) office and theGolden Valley County Clerk (property records) office.


Golden Valley County - Bakken Shale Employment Statistics

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

  • Directly related oil & gas businesses: 21 (2013)
  • Oil & Gas employment: 106 people, representing 20% of population (2013)
  • Average wage for oil & gas professionals: $68,926 (2013)

Golden Valley County Oil & Gas Discussion Forum

Join the Golden Valley County Discussion Group today - your voice counts! is a discussion network for mineral owners, royalty owners, and industry professionals to discuss oil & gas related topics.

Major Operators in Golden Valley

Whiting Oil and Gas Corp. is the largest operator in the county by production volume. BTA is also active in the area.

E&P Companies with Operations in Golden Valley

  • BTA Oil Producers, LLC
  • Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Company LP
  • Charger Resources, LLC
  • Continental Resources, Inc.
  • Encore Energy Partners Operating LLC
  • Enduro Operating, LLC
  • FH Petroleum Corp.
  • Legacy Reserves Operating LP
  • SM Energy Company
  • Wesco Operating, Inc.
  • Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation
  • XTO Energy Inc.

Golden Valley County Pipeline Companies

  • Belle Fourche
  • Little Missouri
  • WBI Energy