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Published September 17, 2013, 02:34 PM

Officials: More than 20 years of Bakken drilling left

The North Dakota oil boom is nowhere near ending any time soon -- officials at the North Dakota Petroleum Council's annual meeting say there are more than two decades left of active drilling.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

The North Dakota oil boom is nowhere near ending any time soon -- officials at the North Dakota Petroleum Council's annual meeting say there are more than two decades left of active drilling.

Tuesday at the conference, people were able to ask questions of companies that extract oil from Bakken formations in Western North Dakota. The agenda included educational talks about the petroleum industry and 140 company exhibits ranging from displays of actual pieces of the Bakken to model displays of the latest technology and upcoming projects. Organizers say the showcase is a great way to help educate people about the Bakken and give members a chance to ask questions.

"We've had actually people inquire us about jobs so we're always interested in people coming up and asking us about jobs and what we have to offer in the Bakken," said Terry Moe of Nuverra Environmental Solutions.

Among the exhibts was a local library of rocks, serving as a record of companies who've drilled for oil in North Dakota. "State law requires them, if they drill to a well and core a well then they are required to turn in their samples and the core to the library in Grand Forks so a little bit of the Bakken comes to our neck of the woods," said Julie LaFeverwith the Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library. The library is home to the most complete set of the Bakken in the world.

The meeting wraps up Wednesday with talks from Governor Jack Dalrymple, U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz. More than 800 people are registered to attend.

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