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

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

North Dakota's oil and gas fields continue growing and producing as rapidly as labor, materials, housing, transportation and state permitting allow—fueled by innovative drilling and extracting technologies, demand, and favorable crude prices.



April 29-30: Houston, TX. Refinery Crude Slate Strategies

May 20-22: Bismarck, ND. 22nd Annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference

May 28-29: Denver, CO. Bakken & Three Forks Completions & Well Spacing 2014

June 25-26: Billings, MT. 15th Annual Energy Exposition

October 8-9: Williston, ND. Bakken Oil Product & Service Show

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

United States Geological Survey

Permits issued

Apr 18, 2014


ND drilling permits issued
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North Dakota Oilfield Employment:
Your guide to finding a job and
working in North Dakota’s oilfields

Job Service North Dakota

North Dakota drilling permits

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Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014

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