With the state rig count having risen to 55, that is the highest number in over two decades. All except maybe a dozen of those (including a rank test way over east in Wells Co.) are exploiting the Bakken. Mountrail Co. currently has fifteen of those rigs and EOG remains very active in that county with six rigs, and Hess, Whiting, and Hunt each adding a few each. A dozen rigs are in Dunn Co., with Marathon utilizing six of those and Continental and Burlington using another four. In fact, there recently was an article about H & P's new flex rigs being used by Marathon. bismarcktribune.com
In a related note, EOG is requesting its first 1280 acre unit within Parshall Field that is to encompass secs. 2 and 3, 152N, 90W, in Mountrail Co. There already are existing producers in each of these sections on 640 acre spacing, the Patten and Bartelson wells, which have produced 68K and 112K, respectively, through this past August.