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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DOT proposes new rules for transporting crude by rail

Jul 28, 2014

A train with 20 or more tank cars carrying crude oil, ethanol, or other flammable liquids would be classified as a high - hazardous flammable train (HHFT), and would be subject to lower speed limits, routing risk assessments, and other new requirements under new US Department of Transportation regulatory proposals.

DOT proposes new rules for transporting crude oil by rail

Jul 23, 2014

A train with 20 or more tank cars carrying crude oil, ethanol, or other flammable liquids would be classified as a high-hazardous flammable train (HHFT), and would be subject to lower speed limits, routing risk assessments, and other new requirements under new US Department of Transportation regulatory proposals.

North Dakota flaring reduction policy may impact January production

Jul 15, 2014

North Dakota production continued to climb in May but new requirements in the state’s flaring reduction plan slowed permitting activity in June and may lead to production curtailments for some operators early next year.

EIA: Texas, N. Dakota provided nearly half of US crude production in April

Jul 14, 2014

Crude oil production in the US during April totaled 8.4 million b/d, with Texas and North Dakota accounting for 4 million b/d, according to data from the US Energy Information Administration's Petroleum Supply Monthly Report.

North Dakota gives teeth to flaring reduction plan

Jul 14, 2014

North Dakota operators that fail to meet the state's flaring reduction targets may soon be forced to curtail oil production from wells targeting the Bakken and Three Forks formations, according to an order issued July 1 by state regulators.

Whiting to acquire Kodiak in $6 billion deal

Jul 14, 2014

Whiting Petroleum Corp. has agreed to acquire Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp., both of Denver, in an all-stock transaction valued at $6 billion, creating the largest Bakken-Three Forks producer with more than 107,000 boe/d of first-quarter production, 855,000 combined net acres, and 3,460 net future drilling locations.

Ergon plans processing expansions in Appalachian basin

Jul 2, 2014

Ergon Inc., Jackson, Miss., has announced plans to expand processing capabilities of its subsidiaries’ operations in the Appalachian basin to support growing condensate and NGL production from the Marcellus and Utica shale regions.

North Dakota gives teeth to flaring reduction plan

Jul 2, 2014

North Dakota operators that fail to meet the state’s flaring reduction targets may soon be forced to curtail oil production from wells targeting the Bakken and Three Forks formations, according to an order issued July 1 by state regulators.

EIA: Texas, N. Dakota provided nearly half of US crude production in April

Jul 1, 2014

Crude oil production in the US during April totaled 8.4 million b/d, with Texas and North Dakota accounting for 4 million b/d, according to data from the US Energy Information Administration's Petroleum Supply Monthly Report.

BNV-Norstra deal sets Montana gas drilling

Jun 25, 2014

Privately held BNV Energy LLC, Houston, has entered an agreement with Norstra Energy Inc., Spokane, to drill two natural gas wells and build a related gathering system to earn a 60% working interest in 5,382 acres in Northwest Montana.

Nova Chemicals processing Bakken ethane at Joffre plant

Jun 13, 2014

Nova Chemicals Corp. is now processing the first barrels of ethane supplied from natural gas associated with Bakken shale oil production at its ethylene and polyethylene complex in Joffre, near Read Deer, Alta.

Bakken production growth expected to slow as the play matures

Jun 10, 2014

Production growth from the Bakken tight oil formation is expected to moderate in the next 2 years as older wells decline and new wells strain to offset natural production declines, analysis by Wood Mackenzie Ltd. shows.

North Dakota regulators seek balance in flaring plan

Jun 10, 2014

North Dakota state regulators, industry members, and mineral owners all dislike seeing natural gas go up in flames in the Bakken shale.

MDU expands North Dakota presence with greenfield refinery

Jun 10, 2014

A greenfield refinery, an interstate gas pipeline, and production from the Bakken shale are just a few of the projects being pursued by MDU Resources Group Inc. in the rolling prairie of North Dakota.

Statoil tackles Bakken flaring with innovation

Jun 10, 2014

Statoil North America Inc. is at the forefront of efforts to reduce flaring in the Bakken shale in North Dakota, pilot-testing a mobile system that converts associated gas into CNG at the wellsite.

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