Bakken crude characteristics sampling finished

BISMARCK Sampling of Bakken crude for a Bakken Crude Characteristics study has been completed, the North Dakota Petroleum Council announced Wednesday.

Jeff Hume, vice chairman of Strategic Growth Initiatives for Continental Resources, will present the initial findings of the Bakken Crude Characteristics study at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference on May 20 in Bismarck. His presentation is part of a larger crude oil transportation panel that will include Kip Wills, director of PHMSA’s Central Region office. The final report is expected in June.

Third-party contractors collected 152 samples from well sites and rail facilities throughout the Williston Basin in North Dakota and Montana.

Analyses by two major nationally recognized and certified laboratories will provide a factual characterization of Bakken crude oil across the entire U.S. Williston Basin.

“I am not aware of any other sampling and analysis effort of this magnitude having been conducted as part of a comprehensive assessment of an entire oil field” said John Auers of Turner-Mason & Company, one of the contractors hired for the study.

The results of the study will be provided to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration as a complement to the proprietary data that individual companies are already sharing.

Jeff Hume, vice chairman of Strategic Growth Initiatives for Continental Resources, will present the initial findings of the Bakken Crude Characteristics study at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference on May 20 in Bismarck. His presentation is part of a larger crude oil transportation panel that will include Kip Wills, director of PHMSA’s Central Region office. The final report is expected in June.