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, 10 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.

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The Bakken: “largest continuous oil accumulation ever assessed by the USGS”

United States Geological Survey

Detailed Oil Patch weather

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North Dakota Oilfield Employment:
Guide to finding a job and
working in North Dakota’s oilfields

Job Service North Dakota

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ND drilling
rig count


Permits issued


39 North Dakota drilling permits
approved week ending July 21