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

BHI: US rig count loses 27 units, down 1,015 units since Dec. 5

May 1, 2015

The US drilling rig count fell 27 units—all on land—to 905 rigs working during the week ended May 1, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc. The count has now plunged 1,015 units over 21 weeks since the week ended Dec. 5.

Statoil reports $4.67 billion 1Q loss following US shale write-downs

May 1, 2015

Statoil ASA reported a negative first-quarter international financial reporting standards net income of $4.67 billion due to asset impairments of $6.08 billion primarily comprising US onshore unconventional assets including the Bakken, Eagle Ford, and Marcellus shale plays.

ExxonMobil 1Q earning down 46% year-over-year

Apr 30, 2015

ExxonMobil Corp. reported first-quarter earnings of $4.9 billion, down from $9.1 billion during first-quarter 2014 due in part by upstream losses in the US. The total, however, exceeded analyst expectations.

Hess reports 1Q net loss of $389 million, trims budget

Apr 29, 2015

Hess Corp. reported a net loss of $389 million during the first quarter compared with net income of $386 million in first-quarter 2014. An adjusted net loss of $279 million was down from an adjusted net income of $446 million in first-quarter 2014.

CERAWeek: Regulatory hurdles still threaten US shale, CEOs say

Apr 27, 2015

Leaders of prominent US shale producers came together on Apr. 21 to drive home what's emerged as a primary theme during this year's IHS CERAWeek in Houston: The urgent need to lift the export ban on US crude oil.

US shale as swing producer

Apr 27, 2015

Many are talking about US light, tight oil (LTO) as possibly becoming a new source of swing supply for the world oil market.

BHI: US rig count drops 22 units in 20th straight week of losses

Apr 24, 2015

The US drilling rig count fell 22 units to 932 rigs working during the week ended Apr. 24, marking the 20th consecutive week of declines, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

CERAWeek: Regulatory hurdles still threaten US shale, CEOs say

Apr 22, 2015

Leaders of prominent US shale producers came together on Apr. 21 to drive home a point that’s emerged as a primary theme during this year’s IHS CERAWeek in Houston: The urgent need to lift the export ban on US crude oil.

Statoil lets carbon dioxide service contract for Bakken

Apr 21, 2015

Statoil has let a major carbon dioxide supply and service agreement to Ferus LP of Denver to supply liquid CO2 to be used in a test well to evaluate potential production uplift and partially replace water in a large multistage hydraulic fracturing operation in a horizontal oil well.

BHI: US rig count cut in more than half since Dec. 5

Apr 17, 2015

The US drilling rig count fell 34 units—all on land—to 954 rigs working during the week ended Apr. 17, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

Virginia taskforce says oil train safety largely up to federal officials

Apr 10, 2015

A Virginia Railroad Safety and Security Task Force issued a draft report saying rail safety issues are largely up to the US government to address. The taskforce was formed in response to an Apr. 30, 2014, derailment of a train carrying crude oil from the Bakken formation to York County, Va.

BHI: US rig count decline slows; production increases

Apr 2, 2015

The US drilling rig count dropped 20 units—with just slightly more than half targeting oil—to settle at 1,028 rigs working during the shortened week ended Apr. 2, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

North Dakota joins Wyoming in lawsuit challenging federal fracing rule

Apr 1, 2015

The North Dakota Industrial Commission has voted to join Wyoming in a lawsuit challenging a new rule issued by the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, which includes requirements for publicly disclosing chemicals using in hydraulic fracturing.

Seismic activity linked to injection wells may vary by region

Mar 31, 2015

The US portion of the Williston basin produced fewer earthquakes caused by wastewater injection than basins in Texas, University of Texas at Austin researchers found.

Kinder Morgan Inc. purchased Hiland Partners for $3 billion

Mar 31, 2015

Kinder Morgan Inc. acquired Hiland Partners, a small pipeline operator, in a deal that gave KMI what Moody's described as KMI's "initial footprint in the Bakken" and helped diversify the largest US midstream company's crude oil transportation business.

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