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

Hiland launches open season for Double H system

Nov 20, 2014

Hiland Crude LLC has launched an open season to solicit shipper commitments to expanded capacity of the company’s Double H crude oil transportation system, a 488-mile pipeline under construction.

PwC: US oil, gas transaction value hits 10-year high in 3Q

Nov 17, 2014

Driven by a rise in billion-dollar deals, midstream activity, and interest in upstream shale plays from foreign buyers, mergers and acquisitions in the US oil and gas industry reached the highest levels in the past decade during the third quarter, according to a quarterly report from PwC US Energy Practice.

North Dakota lawmakers mull Bakken crude regulations

Nov 14, 2014

Oil producers in North Dakota’s Bakken and Three Forks formations could be required to strip gases from crude oil showing high vapor pressure before transporting the oil under new standards being considered by the North Dakota Industrial Commission, which met Nov. 13.

Bakken, deepwater Gulf of Mexico to boost Hess’s production

Nov 11, 2014

Hess Corp. plans to increase its production growth rate forecast by 6-10%/year during 2013-18, assuming $90-100/bbl Brent, anchored by production in the Bakken shale and deepwater Gulf of Mexico, the company said Nov. 10 during an investor presentation in Houston.

GCA: Falling oil price will unevenly affect US unconventional plays

Nov 10, 2014

Falling oil prices will have an uneven effect across US unconventional plays based on the qualities of reservoirs within any given play, Gaffney Cline & Associates said in a recent report, noting there exists a complex relationship between the pace of shale production and falling futures prices for light, sweet crude oil.

Forum: US unconventional plays still profitable at $80/bbl oil or less

Nov 10, 2014

The US currently dominates global upstream capital spending, and producers in many unconventional plays can still make a profit with futures prices for benchmark light, sweet crude oil fetching a price less than $80/bbl, a Wood Mackenzie Ltd. senior analyst told an oil breakfast forum hosted by consulting firm Decision Strategies.

Better transportation seen as key to North American energy promise

Nov 7, 2014

Significant transportation improvements will be essential for North America to fully realize its dramatically brighter oil and gas future, speakers agreed during a Nov. 6 discussion at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

GCA: Falling oil price to have uneven effect on US unconventional plays

Nov 4, 2014

Falling oil prices will have an uneven effect across US unconventional plays based on the qualities of reservoirs within any given play, Gaffney Cline & Associates (GCA) said in a recent report, noting there exists a complex relationship between the pace of shale production and falling futures prices for light, sweet crude oil.

New well-productivity data provide US shale potential insights

Nov 3, 2014

The US has 13 shale plays with major oil and gas resources. Two of them-Bakken and Eagle Ford-account for about 75% of the country's shale oil output

Forum: US unconventional plays still profitable at $80/bbl oil or less

Oct 31, 2014

The US currently dominates global upstream capital spending, and producers in many unconventional plays can still make a profit with futures prices for benchmark light, sweet crude oil fetching a price less than $80/bbl, a Wood Mackenzie Ltd. senior analyst told an oil breakfast forum hosted by consulting firm Decision Strategies.

PwC: US oil, gas transaction value hits 10-year high in 3Q

Oct 29, 2014

Driven by a rise in billion-dollar deals, midstream activity, and interest in upstream shale plays from foreign buyers, mergers and acquisitions in the US oil and gas industry reached the highest levels in the past decade during the third quarter, according to a quarterly report from PwC US Energy Practice.

Energy Transfer, Phillips 66 in pipeline JVs

Oct 29, 2014

Energy Transfer Equity LP, Energy Transfer Partners LP, and Phillips 66 have formed joint ventures to develop two crude oil pipelines that together will connect the Bakken/Three Forks play in North Dakota with the US Gulf Coast.

NBP launches open season for Bakken Header Supply Lateral project

Oct 27, 2014

Northern Border Pipeline Co. (NBP), Houston, launched a month-long nonbinding open season to gauge shipper interest in a pipeline project to transport natural gas from the Bakken area of North Dakota into the NBP system.

Crude-by-rail safety standards call for better tank cars, reduced speeds

Oct 21, 2014

The US Department of Transportation has proposed new rules for transporting crude by rail that are designed to lessen the frequency and consequences of train accidents by reducing the speed of trains, improving tank car standards, and setting more-robust testing and classification guidelines for crude cargoes.

Groups sue to block California refinery expansion

Oct 20, 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.

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