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More Rockin' NEAR the Bakken?

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 15, 2009

The U.S. Geological Survey calls the Bakken formation the largest continuous oil accumulation it has ever assessed--and nearby, there may be even more North Dakota oil than was previously thought.

In a recent AP article, Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources says:

"Recent production results from 103 newly tapped wells in the Three Forks-Sanish formation show many that are "as good or better" than some in the Bakken, which lies two miles under the surface in western North Dakota and holds billions of barrels of oil."

Currently, a study is being conducted to determine whether it's a unique reservoir and if it is, according to Helms, "it could literally double the potential we have--a Bakken 2, if you will."

For more information, read the full article.


Jane Van Ryan was formerly senior communications manager and new media advisor at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where she wrote blog posts and produced podcasts and videos. Before coming to API, Jane managed communications for a large science and engineering corporation, and for a top-tier research and engineering university. A few years ago, you might have seen her in your living room when she delivered the news on television. Jane officially retired from API in 2011 and now freelances as an independent communications consultant when not gardening at her farm in Virginia.