Williams County, ND and the Bakken Shale Play

Williams County, ND

Williams County (2,148 sq. miles) is located in North Dakota and sits atop the Bakken Shale play. It is the first county in which oil was discovered in the state, and today makes up one of four core oil producing counties in North Dakota.

In addition to the Bakken Shale, oil is also produced in the eastern part of the county from the Cambrian Deadwood and Mississippian Madison Formation, along the Nesson anticline, according to the North Dakota Geological Society (NDGS).

The largest cities in Williams County include Alamo, Epping, Grenora, Ray, Springbrook, Tioga, Wildrose, and Williston. Williston is the largest city in the county and serves as the county seat. County services of interest to oil and gas lease owners include the Williams County Appraisal District (tax collector) office and the Williams County Clerk (property records) office.



Williams County – Bakken Shale Employment Statistics

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

  • Directly related oil & gas businesses: 1,124 (2013)
  • Oil & Gas employment: 22,896 people, representing 65% of population (2013)
  • Average wage for oil & gas professionals: $97,143 (2013)

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Major Operators in Williams

Whiting Oil & Gas Corporation is the largest operator in Williams County by far, after its acquisition of Kodiak Oil & Gas, which was formerly the largest operator in the county. Continental Resources also has a strong presence in Williston.

E&P Companies with Operations in Williams

  • Baytex Energy USA LTD
  • Continental Resources, Inc.
  • EOG Resources, Inc.
  • Gadeco, LLC
  • Hess Bakken Investments II, LLC
  • HRC Operating, LLC
  • Marathon Oil Company
  • Murex Petroleum Corporation
  • Oasis Petroleum North America LLC
  • Paul Rankin Inc.
  • Petro-Hunt, LLC
  • Sequel Energy, LLC
  • Slawson Exploration Company, Inc.
  • SM Energy Company
  • Statoil & Gas LP
  • Triangle USA Petroleum Corporation
  • Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation
  • XTO Energy Inc.
  • Zavanna, LLC

Williams County Pipeline Companies

  • Alliance
  • Enbridge
  • Hess
  • Inergy
  • Little Missouri
  • Northern Border
  • WBI Energy