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North Dakota Mineral Rights


Oil was first discovered in North Dakota in 1951. Mineral rights in this sparsely populated region bordering Canada did not receive much attention until the discovery of the Bakken Shale formation. The Bakken Shale formation spreads over 24,000 square miles. Most of the mineral rights owners in North Dakota are farmers who have been tilling the soil for generations.

Top Gas Producing Formations in North Dakota

  • Bakken Formation
  • Deadwood Formation
  • Devonian Formation
  • Madision Formation
  • Ordovician Formation
  • Red River B Formation
  • Red River Formation
  • Silurian Formation

Oil and Gas Companies Active in North Dakota

  • Continental Resources
  • EOG Resources
  • Hess Corporation
  • Marathon Oil
  • Tracker Resource Development
  • XTO Energy

North Dakota Mineral Rights Links

North Dakota Oil and Gas Commission: https://www.dmr.nd.gov/oilgas/

Additional Reading

  • Oil & Gas 101 – General information for mineral rights owners. Start here if you’re a newbie.
  • Bakken Shale North Dakota – Short article describing geology, location & counties within the Bakken Shale of North Dakota. Written for oil and gas mineral rights and royalty owners in ND.