McLean County, ND and the Bakken Shale Play

McLean County, ND

McLean County (2,328 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.

McLean County didn't have any measurable production until the early 1990s. Production rose to peak levels at the beginning of the Bakken boom, hitting total monthly oil production of 161,135 bbls or 5,197 b/d in July, 2012. Activity is far slower in McLean County compared to neighboring western counties of Dunn and Mountrail.

The largest cities in McLean include Benedict, Butte, Coleharbor, Garrison, Max, Mercer, Riverdale, Ruso, Turtle Lake, Underwood, Washburn, and Wilton. Garrison is the largest city in the county. The city of Washburn serves as the county seat. County services of interest to oil and gas lease owners include the McLean County Appraisal District (tax collector) office and the McLean County Clerk (property records) office.

McLean County - Bakken Shale Employment Statistics

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

  • Directly related oil & gas businesses: 39 (2013)
  • Oil & Gas employment: 168 people, representing 6% of population (2013)
  • Average wage for oil & gas professionals: $61,273 (2013)

McLean County Oil & Gas Discussion Forum

Join the McLean 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 McLean

Qep is the largest operator in McLean by production volume and number of active wells.

E&P Companies with Operations in McLean

  • Mann Oil Company
  • Marathon Oil Company
  • Oasis Petroleum North America, LLC
  • Qep Energy Company
  • SHD Oil & Gas, LLC
  • Wesco Operating, Inc.
  • Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation

McLean County Pipeline Companies

  • WBI Energy