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Oil production from Oklahoma-based Continental Resources contributes to U.S. resurgence

After 10 years of horizontal drilling in North Dakota, the Bakken field has produced more than 1 billion barrels of oil and the United States has become the world’s largest oil producer.
by Adam Wilmoth Modified: May 2, 2014 at 12:00 pm •  Published: May 1, 2014

In almost exactly a decade since the first successful horizontal well was drilled deep below the North Dakota plains, the Bakken field has released more than 1 billion barrels of oil.

Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources is by far the largest operator in the Bakken field and is credited with proving the area can be produced economically.

The first well was drilled in the first quarter of 2004, and Continental announced this week the field produced its 1 billionth barrel in the first quarter of this year, according to data collected by IHS.

“This milestone validates the immense potential of the Bakken field and development is just beginning,” said Jack Stark, Continental’s senior vice president of exploration. “Two-thirds of this oil was produced in the last three years. This is something our country can celebrate as the oil and natural gas industry continues to create jobs, grow our economy and secure America’s future.”

In south Texas, the Eagle Ford is growing even faster. Serious oil drilling in the area didn’t begin until 2009, and total oil production in August 2013 passed 1 million barrels per day, a level the Bakken is approaching, but has not yet reached.

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by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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