Bakken Rig Count back to 28

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count gained by one this week with Baker Hughes reporting 28 rigs running across our coverage area by midday Friday.

A total of 510 oil and gas rigs were running across the United States this week, a decrease of 1 from last week of two. 92 rigs targeted natural gas (three more than the previous week) and 418 were targeting oil in the U.S. (two more than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.) 28 of the rigs active in the U.S. were running in North Dakota.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

Bakken oil rigs were at 28 this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices gaining $1.45 to $44.48 on Friday afternoon. WTI-Brent was also up with Bloomberg reporting $45.89. The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures trading at $2.96/mmbtu by midday.

McKenzie County leads development with 10 rigs running this week. View the full list below under theBakken Drilling by County section.

Activity continues to be dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 27 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. Be sure to visit our Bakken Job Listings to search openings and come back weekly for updates or sign up for alerts - Daily or Weekly Email Alerts

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.

Be sure to visit our Bakken Job Listings to search openings and come back weekly for updates or sign up for alerts - Daily or Weekly Email Alerts