McHenry County, ND and the Bakken Shale Play

McHenry County, ND

McHenry County (1,912 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 most significant area for production comes from the Pratt Field, located in the Northwestern portion of McHenry County. The field produces from the Mississippian Madison pool at depths of about 4,000 feet. The Wake Field also lies within the boundaries of the county.

The Pratt Field was discovered in 1960, which correlates with the county's first measurable oil production. Total monthly oil production peaked in July, 1964, at 191 b/d. Today the county produces very little compared to core producing counties further west.

McHenry County's largest cities are Anamoose, Balfour, Bantry, Bergen, Deering, Drake, Granville, Karlsruhe, Kief, Towner, Upham, Velva, and Voltaire. Towner is the largest city in the county and Velva serves as the county seat. County services of interest to oil and gas lease owners include the McHenry County Appraisal District(tax collector) office and theMcHenry County Clerk (property records) office.

McHenry 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: 19 (2013)
  • Oil & Gas employment: 45 people, representing 5% of population (2013)
  • Average wage for oil & gas professionals: $65,395 (2013)

McHenry County Oil & Gas Discussion Forum

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Major Operators in McHenry

Enduro Operating, LLC is the largest producer in McHenry County by production volume.

E&P Companies with Operations in McHenry

  • Eagle Operating, Inc.
  • Enduro Operating, LLC
  • HRC Operating, LLC
  • Murex Petroleum Corporation

McHenry County Pipeline Companies

  • Alliance
  • Aux Sable
  • Enbridge