TODAY: Secretary Jewell, USGS to Release Oil and Gas Assessment for Bakken and Three Forks Formations



04/30/2013

Contact: Blake Androff (Interior) 202-208-6416
AB Wade (USGS) 703-648-4483

WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and other Interior leaders will participate in a press teleconference this morning to release the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) updated oil and gas resource assessment for the Bakken Formation and a new assessment for the Three Forks Formation – both located in the Williston Basin in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Joining Secretary Jewell will be Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle, USGS Acting Director Suzette Kimball and Brenda Pierce, USGS Energy Resources Program Coordinator.

Since a 2008 USGS assessment of the Bakken Formation, more than 4,000 wells have been drilled in the Williston Basin, providing important new subsurface geologic data. Previously little data existed on the Three Forks Formation and it was generally thought to be unproductive. The USGS undertook the assessment as part of a nationwide project assessing U.S. petroleum basins using standardized methodology and protocol.

The teleconference is open to credentialed media representatives by calling 1-888-947-9021 and entering access code: INTERIOR.

WHO

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle USGS Acting Director Suzette Kimball USGS Energy Resources Program Coordinator Brenda Pierce

WHAT

Press teleconference to unveil results of new oil and gas resource assessment for the Bakken and Three Forks Formations

WHEN

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. EDT

RSVP

Credentialed members of the media can participate in the press teleconference call by dialing 888-947-9021 and entering passcode: INTERIOR

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