What is Bakken shale oil, and how does it relate to the Dakota Access Pipeline?

The Bakken formation is a massive rock unit of about 200,000 square miles in North Dakota, Montana, and Saskatchewan, Canada. This region contains billions of barrels of oil and is the site of one of the largest oil developments in U.S. history.

Hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil are produced in the region daily, then transported by truck or rail to refineries throughout the United States.

The state-of-the-art, environmentally safe Dakota Access Pipeline will greatly reduce the need for rail and truck transportation of Bakken-produced crude oil. Pipelines are a safer method of transporting oil than trucks or rail as shown by numerous studies.

 

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