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...
 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. It updates and supercedes the assessment released in April 2008. Learn more:...
 North Dakota Geological Survey and/or the Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division.Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Board of Oil and Gas Conservation U.S. Energy Information Administration USGS Energy Resources...
You can find the following USGS publications on the Bakken Formation: 2013 Bakken Assessment Update2013 assessment of the Bakken Formation fact sheetSlideshow Consolidated Listing of USGS Bakken Information2008 Bakken AssessmentFact Sheet Press Release...
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...
The USGS published in February 2012 the geologic report for the Williston Basin, which includes the Bakken Formation, as DDS-69-W, Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources of the Williston Basin Province of North Dakota, Montana, and South Dakota...
 Oil has been produced from the Bakken Formation since the 1950’s and drilling has increased dramatically in the last few years.  A slideshow about the 2013 USGS assessment includes historical drilling and production as well as information about recent...
Articles about the drilling boom in North Dakota are common in the popular press at this time. And in April 2008, when the USGS released the assessment of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas resources of the Bakken Formation, there was a...
 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. imported about 326 million barrels of oil and the Bakken Formation in North Dakota Oil and...
The USGS has decided to update its 2008 assessment of the undiscovered, technically recoverable oil in the Bakken Formation.  The effort is expected to be completed in 2013, depending on budget availability.  The decision to update the oil resources...