Bakken comes roaring back
By Neal A. Shipman
The Bakken came roaring back to life in April as the state’s 16,207 producing wells pumped out 1,108,441 barrels of oil per day and 2,2502,073 mcf of natural gas.
“I’m happy to report that we saw oil production increase by 25,000 barrels per day during the month of April,” stated Lynn Helms, North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources director during his monthly Director’s Cut on Friday, May 14. “And the state is closing in on a new record for the number of producing wells.”
A significant portion of the state’s oil and gas production in April came from McKenzie County which accounted for 47.5 percent of the state’s growth in oil and 58 percent of the state’s natural gas production.
In the month of April, McKenzie County saw 169 new wells go into production bringing the county’s total number of producing wells to 4,866.
During April, McKenzie County, which is the state’s leading oil and gas producing county, produced 14,208,235 barrels of oil (41 percent of the state’s total) and 48,070,472 mcf of natural gas (54 percent of the state’s total).