Expect Ups and Downs in the Bakken - Lynn Helms

We in full development mode in the Bakken, but don't expect smooth sailing from here on out. That was was the basic message from the Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms at the North Dakota Petroleum Council's annual meeting. A few of threats to development include:

  • Federal regulations such as new rules around hydraulic fracturing
  • A lack of light-sweet crude refining capacity

The commission is also working to help reduce natural gas flaring.

We have a tremendous amount of work in front of us,” Helms said. “I commend you for how responsibly you`re approaching this process as we develop this amazing, amazing resource.