Bakken Rig Count Lags Behind as U.S. Gains 27

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count inches up by one this week with Baker Hughes reporting 32 rigs running across our coverage area by midday Friday..

In recent Bakken news, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reversed its position and denied Energy Transfer Partners the permit needed to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline. This latest set-backs means producers will be forced to rely on rail to ship product.

Read more: If Pipelines Fail, Crude by Rail will Increase

A total of 623 oil and gas rigs were running across the United States this week, a gain of 27 over last week. 125 rigs targeted natural gas (six more than the previous week) and 498 were targeting oil in the U.S. (21 more than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.) 32 of the rigs active in the U.S. were running in North Dakota.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

Bakken oil rigs were at 32 this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices dropping slightly to $51.50 on Friday afternoon. Prices for WTI-Brent also dipped to a per barrel price of $54.33. The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures trading at $3.75/mmbtu by midday.

McKenzie County leads production in the region with 15 rigs running this week. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity continues to be dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 32 rigs are drilling horizontal wells
  • 0 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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