- West Texas' Permian Basin now holds nearly as many active oil rigs as the rest of the U.S. combined, including those offshore;
- the rig count has been rising since this summer, but the Permian began seeing rigs increase earlier than the U.S. as a whole, and is adding rigs more quickly;
- of the ~450 total U.S. rigs, the Permian now accounts for ~220; and,
- Permian production has reached 2M bbl/day of oil, while south Texas’ Eagle Ford and North Dakota’s Bakken have each fallen to below 1M bbl/day
North Dakota is known among the oil and gas companies that it is a high-tax state compared to Texas; and North Dakota is becoming known as the state that can't get a pipeline built. With the enthusiasm for the Permian, and the current crude oil glut, the ND legislature and the new governor should probably address these two issues.