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3 to 4.3 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil assessed in Bakken Formation
Released: 11/10/2008 7:31:19 PM

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USGS Bakken expert to present findings at Energy Expo in Bismarck

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist Richard Pollastro, lead researcher on a recent study assessing the undiscovered oil resources in the Bakken Formation, will present at the Great Plains Energy Expo in Bismarck on Tuesday, November 11.

The USGS Bakken assessment, released earlier this year, found that North Dakota and Montana have an estimated 3.0 to 4.3 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil.

The Bakken formation estimate is larger than all other current USGS oil assessments of the lower 48 states and is the largest "continuous" oil accumulation ever assessed by the USGS.  It shows a 25-fold increase in the amount of oil that can be recovered compared to the agency's 1995 estimate of 151 million barrels of oil.


USGS Scientist Richard Pollastro


November 11, 2008
10:30 - 11:50 a.m.


Bismarck Civic Center
601 E. Sweet Ave., Room 102

Note to media representatives:  USGS Geologist Richard Pollastro will be available for interviews on November 11 by contacting Dave Ozman at the numbers above.

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