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Bakken Shale

North Dakota Natural Gas Flaring Targets Challenged by Rapid Production Growth

November 20, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Gas Flaring and Production Risks

Increases in North Dakota's crude oil production have resulted in increased associated natural gas production from oil reservoirs. Because of insufficient infrastructure to collect, gather, and transport this natural gas, about one-fifth of North Dakota's natural gas production is flared rather than marketed.[read more]

Why the Bakken Boomed

November 2, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Exploring the Development of the Baken

My previous article Addressing the World’s Flare Gas Problem, discussed my current project, which recently took me to the Williston Basin in North Dakota and Montana. Now I will discuss the region’s shale oil boom in greater detail. In Part 3 of this series, I will conclude by delving into the economics of shale oil production.[read more]

Study Finds no Energy-Related Water Contamination in Bakken Region, But...

November 20, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Bakken Fracking and Water Risk

Oil and gas development in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana has not impacted shallow water resources, according to a new study. However, the age of the groundwater sampled and the sample locations indicate additional research should be conducted to fully evaluate energy production impact.[read more]

Bakken Fuels North Dakota's Oil Production Growth

August 12, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Bakken and Production Growth

North Dakota crude oil production surpassed 1.0 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in April and May (the latest data available). This record is the result of increasing crude oil production from the Williston Basin's Bakken and Three Forks formations in North Dakota and eastern Montana.[read more]

Bakken Shale Gas Flaring Highlights Global Problem

August 4, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

The Wall St. Journal recently reported on the high rate at which excess natural gas from wells in North Dakota's Bakken shale formation is burned off, or "flared." The Journal cited state data indicating 10.3 billion cubic feet (BCF) of gas were flared there during April 2014.[read more]

Interior Secretary Visits Fracking Fields, But Questions Remain

August 15, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

Fracking Fields

Brenda and Richard Jorgenson have farmed in the White Earth Valley of North Dakota for more than 30 years. They have weathered the rugged conditions of the Northern Plains because they love working the land, but now their way of life is threatened by the Bakken oil boom.[read more]

US Oil Boom Shifts Focus to North Dakota Bakken Shale

May 24, 2013 by Jessica Kennedy

Responsible production of the newly discovered oil and gas in the Bakken and Three Forks formations can promote energy independence. The US has already seen a reduction of 10% in net oil imports in the last year.[read more]

Bakken Bonanza: More Oil and Natural Gas from Drilling Innovation

May 2, 2013 by Mark Green

The USGS has new estimates for oil and natural gas in the Williston Basin shale area that simply blows the doors off previous estimate. The main reason for the dramatic increase is drilling innovation in the past five years.[read more]

IEA Expects Global Energy Focus to Shift Eastward

December 7, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

Eastward Shift via Shutterstock


Last month the International Energy Agency (IEA) released its annual long-term forecast, the World Energy Outlook (WEO). Its projection that US oil output would exceed that of Saudi Arabia within five years was featured in numerous headlines, although some of the report's other findings look equally consequential. That includes the...[read more]

Infrastructure Obstacles in North American Oil Development

June 29, 2012 by Jesse Parent

The two biggest sources of oil in North America produce significantly different types of oil, and the lack of infrastructure to link those sources to proper refineries results in higher costs and less competitiveness on the global oil market.[read more]

The Future of Algae Biofuels

April 5, 2012 by Benjamin Lack

The Future of Algae Biofuels Researchers at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech have assembled the draft genome sequence of a marine algae,  Nannochloropis gaditan, that may be capable of producing the lipid yields necessary for a viable fuel source.Algae is an ideal alternative, renewable fuel source...[read more]

Is North America the New Middle East for Oil?

March 22, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

With the President of the United States currently playing the role of pessimist-in-chief with regard to US energy independence, it's refreshing to see that goal raised as a serious possibility by someone whose experience and position give him deeper insights on the subject. A few years ago Ed Morse was running the oil trading operation...[read more]

Oil prices soar in spite of sharp increase in U.S. production under Obama

March 9, 2011 by Joseph Romm

Domestic oil production is soaring, but so are global prices. It should be obvious that yet more drilling can’t have any significant impact on oil prices — particularly since the U.S. Energy Information Administration has been making that precise point for years now (see EIA: Full offshore drilling will not lower gasoline prices at all in 2020 and only 3 cents in 2030!).[read more]

The Next Era of Hydrocarbon Development: Well Underway and Dirtier Than the First

September 30, 2010 by Keith Schneider

With astonishing speed and influence, American oil companies, Canadian pipeline builders, and investors from all over the globe are spending huge sums in an economically promising and exceedingly ecologically risky race to open the next era of hydrocarbon development.[read more]

North Dakota'sUnconventional Oil Boom and Risks to Scarce Water

September 15, 2010 by Keith Schneider

Many Americans have been aware since the 2008 presidential election that the U.S. was at the vanguard of a new energy era. They just thought it would be the transition to clean energy. But the oil industry's pursuit of "unconventional" oil and gas reserves is happening much faster.[read more]