Environmental issues include land surface disturbance, the amount of water initially required to hydraulically fracture (a.k.a., hydrofrack or frack) the well, disposal of the poor quality water produced with oil, air pollution, and groundwater contami
What is the status of the report about oil in the western 2/3 of North Dakota, Western South Dakota, and extreme eastern Montana?
In April 2013, the USGS released a new assessment of undiscovered technically recoverable oil and gas resources in the Bakken Formation. You can find the assessment on-line.
Besides the USGS Energy Resources Program, some other online resources are:
You can find the following USGS publications on the Bakken Formation:2013 Bakken Assessment Update
The USGS has no information concerning where oil from the Bakken Formation may be used. However, the trade and popular press reports that the oil is sent by a combination of pipeline, truck, rail, and barge to distribution points throughout the central
Oil has been produced from the Bakken Formation since the 1950’s and drilling has increased dramatically in the last few years.
Articles about the drilling boom in North Dakota are common in the popular press at this time.
Certainly the production of oil from the Bakken reduces U.S. imports of foreign oil. However, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the U.S.
The USGS estimates that there may be 4.4 to 11.4 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil in the Bakken Formation (with a mean estimate of 7.4 billion barrels). These are estimates of oil that has yet to be found, but if found, cou
In April 2013, the USGS released a new assessment of undiscovered technically recoverable oil and gas resources in the Bakken Formation.