Mountrail County, ND and the Bakken Shale Play

Mountrail County, ND

Mountrail County (1,941 sq. miles) is located in North Dakota and sits atop the Bakken and Three Forks formations. It is one of 16 active oil & gas producing counties in our North Dakota coverage area, and is inside the core area for production.

The county encompasses the Parshall Oil Field, which was discovered by EOG Resources in 2006. The field is credited with spurring the North Dakota oil boom, and with its extensions in McKenzie, Williams, Divide, Dunn and Burke Counties, it is by size the largest oil field in North America.

Mountrail began recording measurable production in the early 1950s, shortly after the discovery of oil in the state, but it wasn't until the Bakken boom began that production skyrocketed. The highest recorded total monthly oil production to date was in December, 2013, at 7,545,799 or 2432,413 b/d.

The largest city in Mountrail County is New Town and the city of Stanley serves as the county seat. Other towns in Mountrail include Palermo, Parshall, Plaza, Ross, and White Earth. County services of interest to oil and gas lease owners include the Mountrail County Appraisal District (tax collector) office and the Mountrail County Clerk (property records) office.

Mountrail County - Bakken Shale Employment Statistics

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

  • Directly related oil & gas businesses: 391 (2013)
  • Oil & Gas employment: 3,945 people, representing 65% of population (2013)

  • Average wage for oil & gas professionals: $81,783 (2013)

Mountrail County Oil & Gas Discussion Forum

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Major Operators in Mountrail

EOG Resources and Whiting Oil & Gas are the largest producers in the area by production volume and number of active wells. Hess Corporation also has a strong presence in the county.

E&P Companies with Operations in Mountrail

  • Arsenal Energy USA Inc.
  • Continental Resources, Inc.
  • EOG Resources, Inc.
  • Fidelity Exploration & Production Company
  • Hess Bakken Investments II, LLC
  • Hunt Oil Company
  • Jordan Exploration Company LLC
  • Marathon Oil Company
  • Murex Petroleum Corporation
  • Oasis Petroleum North America LLC
  • Petro-Hunt, LLC
  • Qep Energy Company
  • Sinclair Oil and Gas Company
  • Slawson Exploration Company, Inc.
  • Statoil Oil & Gas LP
  • Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation
  • Windsor Energy Group, LLC
  • WPX Energy Williston, LLC
  • XTO Energy Inc.

Mountrail County Pipeline Companies

  • Alliance
  • Aux Sable
  • Hiland
  • WBI Energy