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August 14, 2011

Graphs and plans for North Dakota Bakken Oil from State Minerals Department

Oil in place in North Dakota by County for Bakken and Three Forks formations conmbined

North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources from Aug 2010, 28 page presentation on North Dakota Oil North Dakota is the fourth largest oil producing state and is clearly heading to at least second place behind Texas. (H/T theOildrum)

In June, 2011 oil production increased to 384676 barrels of oil per day, an increase of 21000 barrels per day from the prior month to another new record

Three‐Dimensional Geologic Model of Northwestern North Dakota (91 pages, Feb 2011)




Visual of how the oil wells go down and the horizontal and some other formations in North Dakota other than the Bakken

North Dakota Oil Plans from the State Minerals Department

Western North Dakota
• 1,450 to 2,940 wells/year–2,140 expected
• 100-165 rigs = 12,000 – 19,800 jobs
• 11 - 23 million gallons frac water/day
• 10 to 20 years
• 21,250 new wells = 3,000-3,500 long term jobs

Williston Area
• 150 to 440 wells per year – 250 expected
• 15-35 rigs = 1,800 – 4,200 jobs
• 2 million – 5 million gallons frac water/day
• 10 to 20 years
• 3,750 new wells = 500-600 long term jobs

Alexander Area
• 150 to 250 wells per year – 180 expected
• 10-14 rigs = 1,200 – 1,700 jobs
• 2 million – 3 million gallons frac water/day
• 10 to 15 years
• 2,250 new wells = 250-350 long term jobs

Ray-Tioga Area
• 300 to 600 wells per year – 400 expected
• 20-40 rigs = 2,800 – 4,800 jobs
• 3 million – 6 million gallons frac water/day
• 10 to 20 years
• 6,000 new wells = 500-1,000 long term jobs

Watford City - Keene Area
• 250 to 450 wells per year – 350 expected
• 15-25 rigs = 1,800 – 3,000 jobs
• 3 million – 4 million gallons frac water/day
• 5 to 7 years
• 2,100 new wells = 350-600 long term jobs

Killdeer Area
• 250 to 550 wells per year – 400 expected
• 15-30 rigs = 1,800 – 3,600 jobs
• 3 million – 4 million gallons frac water/day
• 5 to 7 years
• 2,400 new wells = 350-700 long term jobs

Parshall Area
• 300 to 550 wells per year – 500 expected
• 20-40 rigs = 2,400 – 4,800 jobs
• 1.5 – 2.5 million gallons frac water/day
• 7 to 10 years
• 4,250 new wells = 500-700 long term jobs

Belfield-Dickinson Area
• 50 to 100 wells per year – 60 expected
• 3-5 rigs = 350 – 600 jobs
• 0.5 – 1 million gallons frac water/day
• 7 to 10 years
• 500 new wells = 75-120 long term jobs


North Dakota also has uranium and Potash (similar to Saskatchewan, the province in Canada just to the North

Oil Production by state in 2011

Top six oil producing states in 2011

1. In January 2011, crude oil production in Texas averaged 962,338 barrels a day.
2. Alaska is the second-largest oil producer of crude oil with average daily production of 670,553 barrels in February 2011 (includes natural gas liquids).
3. In December 2010, California reported average daily production of 536,800 barrels of oil from both onshore and offshore areas. This doesn't include offshore production from the Outer Continental Shelf that is regulated by the federal government, which typically averages about 35,000 barrels per day.

The state's largest oil field is the Midway Sunset field which averaged production of 85,100 barrels per day in December 2010.

4. North Dakota is producing 384,676 barrels of oil per day in June, 2011
5. New Mexico is the fifth-largest domestic oil producer with average daily production of 177,815 barrels per day in 2010.
6. Oklahoma comes in sixth in oil production, with average daily production of 147,341 barrels per day in 2010 (through November)

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