Bakken Blog™
Bakken Blog™ Bakken~Three Forks Oil Play


We launched BakkenBlog when only a few wells produced Bakken oil in northwestern North Dakota. Then, in 2007, ‘The Bakken’ was little known beyond Mountrail County.

Now, 11 years later, development of the Bakken (BAH-ken) and Three Forks oil/gas formations—underlying much of western North Dakota plus broad areas of Montana and Saskatchewan—not only has dramatically altered local economies but has also rewritten the nation’s energy situation.

We continue reporting Bakken matters with regular updates and coverage of news, views, events, weather, and permitting reports.

For the most recent news of the Bakken and related energy matters, follow our Twitter feed: @bakkenblog

ND drilling

rig count


Drilling permits issued



30 North Dakota drilling permits

approved week ending June 14

North Dakota Oilfield Employment

Guide to finding a job and working

in North Dakota's oilfields

by Job Service North Dakota


Coming Events

Bismarck, July 16-17:

The Bakken Conference & Expo

North Dakota road conditions