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The graphs on the left show the rate of growth compared to the earliest year for which we have data -- in most cases 2003. The gray lines represent a theoretical constant annual rate of change. The bar charts on the right show the actual values for each year we have data. For example, in 2011, Montana had 176 new wells drilled.

7 enforcement staff for 11,012 wells in 2011
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Wells Drilled: Change Since 2003

Wells Drilled

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
403
403.0
523
523.0
579
579.0
562
562.0
589
589.0
430
430.0
251
251.0
262
262.0
176
176.0

Enforcement Actions: Change Since 2003

Enforcement Actions

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
92
92.0
81
81.0
139
139.0
110
110.0
167
167.0
176
176.0
179
179.0
240
240.0
224
224.0

Oil And Gas Enforcement Staff: Change Since 2003

Oil And Gas Enforcement Staff

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
5
5.0
5
5.0
5
5.0
5
5.0
6
6.0
6
6.0
6
6.0
7
7.0
7
7.0

Oil And Gas Department Budget: Change Since 2003

Oil And Gas Department Budget

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
$1.24M
1243414.0
$1.69M
1685731.0
$1.45M
1452653.0
$2.12M
2119697.0
$1.99M
1994089.0
$2.37M
2371040.0
$2.39M
2389869.0
$2.2M
2204056.0
$2.22M
2220396.0

Total Wells: Change Since 2005

Total Wells

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
No Data. No Data. 9,136
9136.0
9,959
9959.0
9,940
9940.0
10.6K
10568.0
10.9K
10881.0
11.1K
11091.0
11K
11012.0

Notes: Data are for the calendar year. The numbers of wells drilled from 2009 through 2011 represent well completions. Enforcement actions were computed by taking the failure number for enforcement actions less the number for compliance verification to lessen the likelihood of over-reporting. Enforcement staff only includes inspectors, though other employees' responsibilities may include some component of enforcement. Budget numbers are for the Oil and Gas Conservation Division and come from budget reports on the state's Office of Budget and Program Planning website. Total wells for 2011 were supplied by Montana. For 2010, the data come from the state's Board of Oil and Gas annual review and represent the total producing oil and gas wells, including state, private, Indian and federal wells.

BLM Data

In Montana, much of the oil and gas drilling takes place on land that is federally regulated, which can include national parks or Native American reservations. Data provided by the Bureau of Land Management represents wells drilled on that land.

28 enforcement staff for 4,675 wells in 2011

Wells Drilled: Change Since 2003

Wells Drilled

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
208
208.0
277
277.0
256
256.0
286
286.0
235
235.0
147
147.0
161
161.0
273
273.0
278
278.0

Enforcement Actions: Change Since 2003

Enforcement Actions

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
178
178.0
272
272.0
158
158.0
97
97.0
102
102.0
337
337.0
338
338.0
197
197.0
425
425.0

Oil And Gas Enforcement Staff: Change Since 2003

Oil And Gas Enforcement Staff

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
17
17.0
18
18.0
19
19.0
21
21.0
24
24.0
24
24.0
22
22.0
25
25.0
28
28.0

Oil And Gas Department Budget: Change Since 2003

Oil And Gas Department Budget

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
$6.02M
6024000.0
$6.37M
6369000.0
$6.38M
6375000.0
$8.35M
8348000.0
$9.48M
9476000.0
$9.48M
9475000.0
$9.77M
9766000.0
$10.4M
10401528.46
$9.84M
9837030.45

Total Wells: Change Since 2010

Total Wells

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. 4,519
4519.0
4,675
4675.0

Notes: Data are for federal and Indian wells in Montana and the Dakotas for the fiscal year. Wells drilled are wells spud, or started. Enforcement staff includes those who have other duties in addition to inspection and enforcement. The budget for the oil and gas program has not been provided. For total wells, the division provided "snapshot" data as of Oct. 1 for the fiscal years 2010 and 2011. Total wells are defined as "usable" wells.