The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) released a new Regional Drilling Activity in the Bakken Petroleum System Map, at the 2014 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference (WBPC) in May.

The 2-ft × 3-ft map displays regional drilling activity in the Bakken System in western North Dakota and adjacent portions of Montana and Saskatchewan.

First launched in 2011, the map has been updated over the last several years. The initiation of this project allowed the EERC to accumulate a great degree of knowledge regarding the Bakken System through its oil and gas programs and illustrate where activity was occurring and the magnitude of that activity.

In addition to showing the wells drilled in 2013, this fourth edition also features the past Bakken Petroleum system wells and locations of the gas processing plants. Each year, the map has included a graphical representation of a relevant focus topic. This year the focus is on high-density infill drilling. Infill drilling optimizes and maximizes the economic returns and estimated ultimate recoveries from oil and gas in the region. The locations of select high-density well pads are called out.

Designed and produced by the EERC, in partnership with U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory, the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, the North Dakota Petroleum Council, and support from 22 industry sponsors, the Bakken map has become a staple amongst the oil and gas industry and has proved to be a valuable resource for those with a stake in North Dakota’s oil boom.

To keep up with demand, 10000 maps were printed this year, the most printed since it was first launched three years ago. It will be again distributed to the growing number of attendees of the WBPC, all members of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, map sponsors, state legislators, and local governmental officials.

The general public can also purchase copies of the map online at

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