Which Montana County Has The Most Oil And Gas Wells?
By Darryl L. Flowers | Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 2:21 pm
A weathered well marker, overlooking a bend in the Musselshell River, marks the location of one of the first Cat Creek Field wells drilled.
Which Montana county has more oil wells than residents?
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!