May, June Mark Record Bakken Months

By The Bakken magazine staff | June 21, 2014

It’s timespans like the previous two months that have made the Bakken a globally recognized oil producer. This month, North Dakota’s oil industry announced it has surpassed 1 million barrels of oil produced per day (bopd). In May, Continental Resources issued a statement announcing that the Bakken shale play (including North Dakota and Montana) has produced a cumulative total of roughly 1 billion barrels, according to data from energy consultant and information specialist IHS Inc.

“This milestone validates the immense potential of the Bakken field and development is just beginning,” said Jack Stark, senior vice president of exploration for Continental Resources in the statement. “Two thirds of this oil was produced in the last three years.”

In April 2010, the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources monthly production report indicated that the state was producing 261,088 barrels of oil per day. In April 2012, the same report revealed North Dakota production had reached 348,367 barrels of oil per day. In April 2013, production for the state totaled 558,254 barrels of oil per day. This year, the April report showed the state’s production to be 951,340 barrels of oil.

For the entire Williston Basin, the N.D. Pipeline Authority first reported in September 2013 that the Williston Basin—including North Dakota, eastern Montana and South Dakota—had surpassed 1 million bopd at 1,013,005.