John Mireles: Fracking in The Bakken

Oil booming in central North America

The Bakken formation is a rock unit occupying about 200,000 square miles of the subsurface of the Williston Basin, underlying parts of Montana, North Dakota, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The area is one of the most important sources of oil in the United States, with North Dakota undergoing most of the more recent drilling and production.

Bakken oil production recently passed the million-barrels-per-day mark, more than OPEC nation Qatar.