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The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) in Grand Forks, North Dakota, released the 2013 edition of its map representing drilling activity in the Bakken and Three Forks Formations in western North Dakota. The “Bakken map,” designed and produced with support from 20 industry sponsors, has been distributed to more than 8000 recipients, including attendees of the 2013 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference (WBPC), all members of the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC), map sponsors (including producers and service providers), state legislators, and local governmental officials.

The newly produced map represents follow-on work the EERC conducted in 2011 and 2012 in the Bakken system through EERC oil and gas programs, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and, specifically, the National Energy Technology Laboratory.

“We have seen a tremendous upsurge in interest in these maps over the last 3 years. In fact, requests for the map have exceeded supply for both the 2011 and 2012 editions. This year we have printed even more, in anticipation of increased distribution,” said EERC Associate Director for Research John Harju. “With each new addition, we add additional features, which are of particular interest to those in our industry. On behalf of the NDPC and the EERC, I would like to thank and acknowledge the support of our map sponsors for their continued involvement and commitment to its production.”

This new edition identifies all Bakken/Three Forks wells drilled in North Dakota and neighboring areas of Canada and Montana through the end of calendar year 2012. A newly added diagram in the lower right-hand section of the map illustrates trends in well completion statistics, showing how technology has changed over the last several years.

In addition to wells drilled, an updated production graph shows the increased growth of resource extraction in the Bakken System. Because of continued interest, the EERC also maintained and enhanced the figure that illustrates overall Williston Basin stratigraphy and further details it for the Bakken System.

Previous updates to the map in 2011 and 2012 included highlighting “notable wells” to illustrate the evolution of the Bakken System's discovery and prolific production over time.

Well data for the map were obtained by the North Dakota Industrial Commission’s Department of Mineral Resources and the respective state and provincial oil and gas resource offices for Montana and Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Canada.

For more information on the EERC’s Bakken–Three Forks-related activities, visit Copies of the map can be ordered online at the Resources section on the NDPC Web site).