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UND professor says recoverable oil in North Dakota could more than double after study of formation

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A UND professor says the amount of recoverable oil on the U.S. side of the Bakken Formation could more than double as a result of a three-year study by UND researchers looking at how to increase the amount of oil that can be extracted from the Bakken's dense shale.

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A report released by the U.S. Geological Survey in April estimated that the Bakken Formation holds 3 billion to 4.3 billion barrels of oil that can be recovered in North Dakota and Montana using current technology.

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