Bakken Blog™

North Dakota's Bakken~Three Forks Oil Play  Oil Patch coverage since 2007  The original Bakken blog

Bakken Blog™ Bakken~Three Forks Oil Play

The Bakken Oil Blog

We launched BakkenBlog when but a handful of wells produced Bakken oil in northwestern North Dakota. That was 2007 and The Bakken was little known beyond Mountrail County.

Now, 13 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

21 September 2020


13 North Dakota drilling permits

approved week ending September 18


Coming Events

Bismarck: Williston Basin Petroleum

Conference, May 11-13, 2021

North Dakota road conditions