SHALE ENERGY: Developing the Bakken—Ten years into the Bakken Shale

The Bakken Shale is defining the future of unconventional oil development in the United States. Wood Mackenzie estimates that 14 of the largest operators in the basin have commercial reserves greater than 1.3 billion bbl. In 2008, the US Geological Society estimated that technically recoverable reserves could reach as high as 4.3 billion bbl. This makes the Bakken the single largest continuous oil accumulation ever assessed by the US agency.

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