Bakken Rig Count Remains Flat

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count remained flat this week with 26 rigs running across our coverage area by midday Friday.

In recent Bakken news, Bakken Shale operators and industry officials applaud the recent federal court ruling that declared new fracking rules unlawful.

Read more: Bakken Applauds Frack Decision

A total of 430 oil and gas rigs were running across the United States this week, an increase of 10 over last week. 89 were targeting natural gas (one less than the previous week) and 341 were targeting oil in the U.S. (11 more than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.)  26 of the rigs active in the U.S. were running in North Dakota.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

Bakken oil rigs were at 26 this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices rose to $49.18 on Friday afternoon. WTI-Brent saw a slight increase as it climbed over the $50 mark this week to $50.63. The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures trading at $2.93/mmbtu by midday.

McKenzie County leads development with 12 rigs running this week. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity continues to be dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 26 rigs are drilling horizontal wells
  • 0 rigs are drilling directional wells
  • 0 rigs are drilling vertical wells

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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.