Graphing The Huge, Exponential Bakken Boom
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The chart above shows just how important the Bakken region of North Dakota has been to the state's exponential growth in oil production over the last six years. As a direct result of fracking unconventional shale oil in the Bakken, North Dakota went from the fifth-largest oil producing state in 2007 to the second-largest oil producing state this year, after surpassing Oklahoma in 2008, and then both California and Alaska this year. It's amazing how just one oil field in western North Dakota and eastern Montana has transformed the energy landscape of North America.
HT: The chart was inspired by a similar one at the EIA's website.