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Bakken formation is North Dakota’s top story of 2008

Published 12/27/2008, Associated Press

It was the year of the Bakken. A government study released in April estimated as much as 4.3 billion barrels of oil could be recovered from the shale formation in North Dakota and Montana using current technology. Companies targeted the shale horizontally and use pressurized fluid and sand to break pores in the rock and prop them open to recover the oil.

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