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It's no secret that oil is king, especially in western North Dakota. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the Bakken Formation is the largest continuous oil resource that it has ever characterized. It is estimated that the Bakken and Three Forks Formations combined hold between 300 and 900 billion barrels (Bbbl) of oil, with 10 to 24 Bbbl being technically recoverable using current technologies. Steve Hawthorne, Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) Senior Research Manager, and the staff working in the EERC's Environmental Chemistry Laboratory have been developing methods to find cheaper and better tools to extract the available oil ...


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