Bakken Rig Count Unmoved for Four Weeks

For the fourth week in a row, the Bakken-Three Forks rig count remains stalled as Baker Hughes reporting 30 rigs running across our coverage area by midday Friday.

In recent Bakken news, oil production for the region dipped below 1 million barrels a day for the first time since 2014. 

Read more: Bakken Dips Below 1 Million Barrels

A total of 551 oil and gas rigs were running across the United States this week, a gain of 14  from last week. 108 rigs targeted natural gas (three more than the previous week) and 443 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.) 30 of the rigs active in the U.S. were running in North Dakota.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

Bakken oil rigs were at 30 this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices gaining $.50 to $50.85 on Friday afternoon. WTI-Brent dipped with Bloomberg reporting $51.78 The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures trading at $2.96/mmbtu by midday.

Dunn County  continues to lead 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:

  • 29 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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