Two new oil pipelines opened today in North Dakota. Republican leaders call for more drilling. The Bakken oil formation is a huge oil field under Montana, North Dakota, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
The recently completed Bakken Pipeline Expansion Project adds 145,000 barrels per day of pipeline capacity and the new Berthold Rail Facility transports another 80,000 barrels a day.
Enbridge’s system is now capable of transporting 475,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil per day, representing more than half of North Dakota’s current oil production of about 820,000 barrels per day.
But as the state’s oil production is projected to hit 1 million barrels per day or more, additional capacity will be needed. Via
The primary method of extracting the oil is to frack it (NatGeo). Accidents, pollution, water depletion, and death abound.