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

Now, eight 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’ve closely followed the Bakken with regular updates and coverage of news, views, events, weather, and a daily record of permitting. But we changed several things starting in 2015

Our news coverage continues via our Twitter feed but we no longer do detailed  weekly coverage of permitting (note that permits from 2009 through 2014 are archived).


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

United States Geological Survey

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

Job Service North Dakota

Veterans to Energy

Jobs for veterans in the
oil and gas industry

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44 North Dakota drilling permits issued week ending March 27

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