Which Montana County Has The Most Oil And Gas Wells?

Which Montana County Has The Most Oil And Gas Wells?

By Darryl L. Flowers | Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 2:21 pm

Here’s a timely trivia question…

With all the excitement of the Bakken Formation in eastern Montana, is Richland County the home of the most oil and gas wells drilled in the state?

Nope. Not even close. As recently as the 1950s, some were sure there was little oil and gas to be found in that county. Richland County has gone under the drillbit 2,293 times, according to the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation database.

Petroleum County? Surely a county with that name… and a county where oil wells outnumber residents has the most wells in the state? Sorry, but no. Petroleum County has 687 wells, and only 494 residents (as of the 2010 census).

No, you have to head to our little part of the Treasure State to see how big a part oil and gas exploration have played in Montana history. Here in Teton County, 777 wells are on record. Cascade County has never seen a “cascade” of drilling activity, with only 104 wells. But as a side note to trivia fans, one of the wells was drilled by Paris Gibson.

Lewis and Clark County just clicked over the counter on another well, the Krone-Augusta, bringing the county total to 33. Glacier County has seen 3,238 permits issued and Pondera has seen 1,506 wells permitted.

So who’s the Grand Poo-Bah of Petroleum of Montana Counties? Toole County, with 8,128 wells!


Author: montanaoilreport

After my first job at a newspaper -- delivering papers for the Jackson (TN) Sun, ink was in my veins. Since the 1970's I've worked in every area of the Printing and Publishing industry, with most of that time spent in the pressroom. In 2008 I moved to Montana and purchased the Sun Times of Fairfield (fairfieldsuntimes.com). In 2011 I realized that most media outlets were either ignoring, or attacking, the growing oil and gas industry in Montana, so I started the Montana Oil Report as the source of information on this important industry.

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