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

Petroleum detected in fish tested after Yellowstone River pipeline spill

Feb 26, 2015

Detectable levels of petroleum were found in tests of fish pulled from the Yellowstone River downstream from a broken petroleum pipeline near Glendive. Mont., and the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks advised fishermen to use caution when deciding whether to eat fish from the oil spill area.

County decision in Washington state stalls Shell’s Bakken rail plans

Feb 24, 2015

A Skagit County Hearing Examiner in Mount Vernon, Wash., halted Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s plans to move Bakken crude oil by rail to the company’s Anacortes refinery in northwest Washington pending an environmental and public health risk review, which could take a year or more.

Derailed West Virginia oil train carried Bakken crude

Feb 23, 2015

A large-scale cleanup and investigation have launched following the Feb. 16 derailment of a CSX crude oil train near Mount Carbon, W.Va.

EOG Resources’ budget down 40% to $4.9-5.1 billion

Feb 20, 2015

EOG Resources Inc., Houston, plans a capital budget of $4.9-5.1 billion in 2015 including production facilities and midstream expenditures, representing a 40% reduction compared with last year’s budget.

BHI’s rig count reaches 5-year low; forecast projects more losses

Feb 20, 2015

The US drilling rig count fell 48 units—markedly fewer compared with declines in recent weeks—to settle at 1,310 rigs working during the week ended Feb. 20, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Marathon revises down budget by 20%

Feb 19, 2015

Marathon Oil Corp., Houston, has reduced its capital, investment, and exploration budget for 2015 by another 20% to $3.5 billion.

Derailed West Virginia oil train carried Bakken crude

Feb 17, 2015

A large-scale cleanup and investigation have launched following the Feb. 16 derailment of a CSX crude oil train near Mount Carbon, W.Va.

North Dakota December oil production topped 1.2 million b/d

Feb 17, 2015

Preliminary oil and gas production figures for December 2014 show 1.16 million b/d in oil production from the Bakken and Three Forks formations and 63,992 b/d from legacy conventional pools, the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources reported.

BHI: US rig count continues 11-week dive, loses 98 more units

Feb 13, 2015

The US drilling rig count plunged 98 units to settle at 1,358 rigs working during the week ended Feb. 13, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

EIA: US gasoline prices to average $1/gal less in 2015 vs. 2014

Feb 10, 2015

US regular gasoline retail prices are expected to average $2.33/gal in 2015, down from $3.36/gal in 2014, according to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest Short Term Energy Outlook (STEO).

WoodMac: Eagle Ford production tops 1 billion bbl

Feb 10, 2015

Analysts forecast increasing unconventional US production during 2015 with one of the prolific plays being the Eagle Ford shale in South Texas.

Bakken briefs

Feb 10, 2015

Comment: Beware of break-even and marginal-cost analyses

Feb 10, 2015

Shale oil and gas productivity and costs vary dramatically among the different areas of a shale formation, and the difference between owning the best acreage or the worst is what makes winners and losers.

ND bills would expand Industrial Commission, void flaring rule, vapor-pressure standards

Feb 10, 2015

Republican lawmakers in North Dakota have initiated legislation that would bring already-established rules on reduced gas flaring and on oil conditioning standards for crude produced from the Bakken, Three Forks, and Sanish formations back into the statehouse.

Bakken formation pressure standards to take effect Apr. 1

Feb 10, 2015

North Dakota oil and gas regulators ordered operators to condition crude oil from the Bakken, Three Forks, and Sanish formations, effective Apr. 1, in efforts to improve rail transportation safety.

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