Bakken Operators Add Five Rigs this Week

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count jumped by five this week with Baker Hughes reporting 35 rigs running across our coverage area by midday Friday.

In recent Bakken news, construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline has been the focus of escalating protests since construction was halted over the Labor Day weekend after violence erupted. 

Read more: Protests over Pipeline Spread Across Country

A total of 555 oil and gas rigs were running across the United States this week, a gain of four from last week. 114 rigs targeted natural gas (six more than the previous week) and 441 were targeting oil in the U.S. (two less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.)30 of the rigs active in the U.S. were running in North Dakota.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

Bakken oil rigs were at 35 this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices dipping $2.15 to $48.70 on Friday afternoon. WTI-Brent also slid with Bloomberg reporting $49.71 The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures trading at $3.11/mmbtu by midday.

McKenzie County leads production in the region with 11 rigs running this week. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity continues to be dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 34 rigs are drilling horizontal wells
  • 1 rigs are drilling directional wells
  • 0 rigs are drilling vertical wells

Bakken Drilling by County


What is the Rig Count?

The Bakken Shale Rig Count is an index of the total number of oil & gas drilling rigs running across Montana and North Dakota. The rigs referred to in this article are for ALL drilling reported by Baker Hughes and not solely wells targeting the Bakken formation. All land rigs and onshore rig data shown here are based upon industry estimates provided by the Baker Hughes Rig Count.

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