Richland County, MT and the Bakken Shale Oil Play

Richland County, MT

Richland County (2,103 sq miles) is located in eastern Montana and sits atop the Bakken Shale play.

Successful drilling of the Bakken in Montana began in Richland County in 2000, from the liquids-rich Elm Coulee Oilfield. Richland, thanks to the Elm Coulee, is the highest oil producing county in Montana. In 2006, at the onset of the Bakken boom, the county hit peak total annual oil production of 20,997,082 bbls. Since then, production has slowed, but not hugely. In 2013, the county's total annual oil production was 15,003,847 according to the Montana Board of Oil & Gas Conservation.

The largest city and county seat of Richland is the city of Sidney. Other Richland communities include the town of Fairview and three 2010 census-designated places (Fox Lake, Knife River, Lambert). County services of interest to oil and gas lease owners include the Richland County Appraisal District (tax collector) office and the Richland County Clerk (property records) office.

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Major Operators in Richland

Continental Resources, Inc. has the highest production volumes in the county, and the most active wells.

E&P Companies with Operations in Richland

  • Abraxas Petroleum Corp.
  • Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Company LP
  • Continental Resources, Inc.
  • Cowry Enterprises, Ltd.
  • Encore Energy Partners Operating, LLC
  • Energyquest II, LLC
  • Enerplus Resources USA Corporation
  • EOG Resources, Inc.
  • Fidelity Exploration & Production Co.
  • Kraken Operating, LLC
  • Newfield Production Company
  • Oasis Petroleum North America, LLC
  • Petro-Hunt, LLC
  • Rim Operating, Inc.
  • Slawson Exploration Company Inc.
  • SM Energy Company
  • Statoil Oil & Gas LP
  • True Oil, LLC
  • Whiting Oil and Gas Corp.
  • XTO Energy Inc.

Richland County Pipeline Companies

  • Texaco Pipeline Inc.
  • WBI Energy