Bakken Shale

Bakken Shale ImageThe Bakken shale is primarily an oil play. It straddles the US border with Canada and runs through two states – North Dakota and Montana – and two Canadian provinces – Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The US Geological Survey estimates there are 3.65 billion barrels of recoverable crude oil in the Bakken, which would make it the largest oil field in the US outside Alaska. The Bakken is located in the Williston Basin, but not all of the basin includes the Bakken.

The Sanish-Three Forks area is located below the Bakken shale zone and is potentially another new oil reservoir. Brigham Exploration Co. has been active in this area. Natural gas is also found in some parts of the Bakken. The USGS estimates there is about 2.0 trillion cubic feet of gas and another 150 million barrels of natural gas liquids. Major players in the Bakken include EOG Resources, Continental Resources, and Enerplus Resources.

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Bakken Shale News

North Dakota

Oct 1, 2010

Whiting Petroleum Corp., Denver, plans to add a fifth rig by mid-November at its 225,000-net acre Lewis & Clark prospect in Stark, Billings, and Golden Valley counties, ND.

Saskatchewan

Sep 30, 2010

Pavillion Energy Corp., Richmond, BC, will purchase Maidstone and Lashburn heavy oil fields near Lloydminster, Sask., from Petrostar Petroleum Corp., Victoria, BC, for $1.3 million (Can.).

North Dakota

Sep 23, 2010

Fracture stimulation of a Petro-Hunt Corp.-operated Bakken well in North Dakota has been delayed about 3 weeks as the shortage of horizontal frac stimulation equipment and crews persists, said partner Credo Petroleum Corp., Denver.

The culture is key

Sep 13, 2010 The second annual Oil & Gas Maintenance Technology North America conference and exhibition, presented by OGJ parent company PennWell, took place in New Orleans Aug. 31-Sept. 2.

North Dakota

Sep 9, 2010

Brigham Exploration Co., Austin, Tex., reported a production test rate of more than 2,000 b/d of oil equivalent from the Weisz 11-14-1H well in North Dakota’s Bakken oil play.

Enbridge announces Bakken crude pipeline system expansion

Aug 30, 2010 Enbridge Inc. affiliates Enbridge Energy Partners LP (EEP) and Enbridge Income Fund (EIF) announced Aug. 24 a joint project to further expand crude oil pipeline capacity for growing production in the Bakken and Three Forks formations in Montana, North Dakota, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

Enbridge announces Bakken crude system expansion

Aug 25, 2010

Enbridge Inc. affiliates Enbridge Energy Partners LP (EEP) and Enbridge Income Fund (EIF) announced Aug. 24 a joint project to further expand crude oil pipeline capacity for growing production in the Bakken and Three Forks formations in Montana, North Dakota, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

Denbury presses Gulf Coast EOR projects

Aug 16, 2010 Denbury Resources Inc., Plano, Tex., started carbon dioxide injection June 29 in Oyster Bayou field in eastern Chambers County, Tex., and hopes to begin injecting at Hastings field south of Houston around the end of 2010.

Grinsfelder joins LeFrak in exploration post

Aug 12, 2010

Gary S. Grinsfelder has joined LeFrak Energy, Houston, the energy division of the LeFrak Organization, New York, as vice-president of exploration.

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Aug 9, 2010 Internatinoal News for oil and gas professionals

Denbury presses Gulf Coast EOR projects

Aug 6, 2010

Denbury Resources Inc., Plano, Tex., started carbon dioxide injection June 29 in Oyster Bayou field in eastern Chambers County, Tex., and hopes to begin injecting at Hastings field south of Houston around the end of 2010.

OGJ Newsletter

Aug 2, 2010 International news for oil and gas professionals

Services/Suppliers

Aug 2, 2010

Hess to acquire AOG in all-stock deal

Jul 29, 2010

Hess Corp., building on several recent acquisitions aimed at diversifying its worldwide portfolio, has agreed to acquire American Oil & Gas (AOG) in an all-stock transaction.

Oneok to increase Oklahoma-Texas NGL pipeline capacity

Jul 28, 2010

Oneok Partners LP announced July 28 plans to install seven additional pump stations for about $36 million along its existing Sterling I natural gas liquids distribution pipeline, increasing its capacity by 15,000 b/d to be supplied by the partnership's Midcontinent NGL system.

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