John McCaslin Exploration Editor Horizontal drilling in the Mississippian Bakken formation of the Williston basin has established a new play for the industry. Recent estimates of ultimate recoverable reserves from the current Bakken fairway in North Dakota are as high as several hundred million bbl of oil. The number of successful completions in this play are above 30 at this point. Interest is now moving out into the area up to 35 miles north of the fairway.

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