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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Groups sue to block California refinery expansion

Oct 10, 2014

Environmental groups have petitioned a California superior court to stop Alon USA Energy Inc. from moving forward with a plan to expand existing receiving and processing options for North American shale light crude oils at its 70,000-b/d Bakersfield refinery.

Natural Resource Partners to expand Williston assets

Oct 6, 2014

Natural Resource Partners LP (NRP), Houston, has agreed to acquire nonoperated working interests in oil and gas properties in the Williston basin’s Bakken-Three Forks play from an affiliate of Kaiser-Francis Oil Co. for $340 million. The deal, effective Oct. 1, is expected to close in November.

EIA: US industrial gas demand to rise 4% in 2015

Oct 3, 2014

Relatively low prices of natural gas have contributed to steady increases in US industrial gas consumption since 2009, especially as a feedstock for chemical production.

NGSA forecasts lower winter gas prices on a combined analysis

Oct 1, 2014

In its 14th annual Winter Outlook assessment of the natural gas market, the Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA) expects downward price pressure on the natural gas market compared with last winter.

Oneok to add gas processing, transportation in North Dakota, Wyoming

Sep 22, 2014

Oneok Partners LP, Tulsa, reported on plans to invest $480-680 million between now and the end of third-quarter 2016 to construct natural gas processing facilities and related systems in North Dakota and Wyoming.

Continental appoints president, chief operating officer

Sep 18, 2014

Continental Resources Inc., Oklahoma City, has named Jack Stark as president and chief operating officer. He succeeds W.F. Bott, who stepped down from the position last week.

API official calls for end to nearly 6-year Keystone XL permit delay

Sep 16, 2014

Three days before the sixth anniversary of TransCanada Corp.’s original filing for presidential approval of the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline’s cross-border permit application, an American Petroleum Institute official said the Obama administration is catering to a small minority at the expense of the US national interest and the wishes of the vast majority of ordinary Americans.

Statoil expanding project that captures flare gas in North Dakota

Sep 12, 2014

Statoil ASA says a pilot project that captures flare gas in North Dakota is expanding to power six drilling rigs and a hydraulic fracturing fleet.

Pembina signs $650 million deal to buy Vantage line, associated assets

Sep 2, 2014

Pembina Pipeline Corp., Calgary, has agreed to acquire the Vantage pipeline system and Mistral Midstream Inc.’s interest in the Saskatchewan ethane extraction plant (SEEP) for $650 million from certain entities affiliated with Riverstone Holdings LLC. The transaction, effective Aug. 1, is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

Dakota Gold to develop Bakken-Three Forks crude terminal

Aug 27, 2014

Dakota Gold Transfer-Plaza LLC plans to develop a crude oil transload terminal in Mountrail County, ND. Sited on 350 acres in the eastern section of the Bakken and Three Forks shale oil producing areas and served by Canadian Pacific Railway (CP), the Plaza Terminal will allow shipment to multiple markets via rail and pipeline.

TSB report outlines ‘multitude of factors’ behind Lac-Megantic train derailment

Aug 20, 2014

A multitude of factors led to July 6 derailment of a runaway train in Lac Megantic, Que., carrying 72 carloads of Bakken crude oil bound for Irving Oil Ltd.’s refinery in Saint John, NB, according to an investigation report released Aug. 19 by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB).

Companies plan to connect Pioneer Rail terminal, Bakken gathering line

Aug 19, 2014

Dakota Plains Holdings Inc., Wayzata, Minn., and Hiland Partners LP unit Hiland Crude LLC reported signing an interconnection agreement that will link Dakota Plains’ Pioneer Rail terminal in New Town, ND, with Hiland’s Market Center gathering system crude oil pipeline network.

North Dakota prepares to restrict oil production for operators that fail to meet Bakken flaring targets

Aug 13, 2014

Operators that fail to comply with North Dakota's flaring reduction targets in the Bakken shale may soon be compelled to curtail production from wells found in violation, according to an order issued by state regulators in July.

Marathon tests water conservation, downspacing in Bakken

Aug 13, 2014

Marathon Oil Corp. is seeking to reduce the environmental impact of operations in the Bakken shale by reducing the amount of water used during hydraulic fracturing and testing wastewater recycling techniques.

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