Bakken Formation

Digging Into The Bakken

Posted on August 25, 2012. Filed under: Bakken Formation, Media Commentary, Public Relations, Public relations practices | Tags: , , , , , , , |

English: An Oil Pump in western North Dakota

English: An Oil Pump in western North Dakota (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bakken Field update:

Petroleum News, an Anchorage, Alaska-based tabloid, is expanding its coverage of the Bakken Field region.

The newspaper now publishes Petroleum News Bakken every other week. The Bakken edition comes out every other week, as a multi-page supplement to the regular issue of Petroleum News.

Petroleum News plans to ramp up its coverage of the booming Bakken region with a weekly edition at some point in the near future, according to Julie Bembry, a circulation sales executive with the newspaper. I met her recently at a meeting of the Minnesota Bakken Formation Networking Group, a LinkedIn group started by David Frenkel. We met at the Mall of America I-HOP in Bloomington. Bembry took time out from her vacation in the Twin Cities to educate the group about Petroleum News and its commitment to be a prime source of news and information about the Bakken region.

Connecting Via Twin Cities LinkedIn Bakken Networking Group

The Bakken networking group was formed to help business people, investors and job seekers size up the opportunities in the North Dakota oil patch. It’s a good group, albeit small and in need of more members. Some of the members have spent time in the field in the Bakken area, so there’s real world information to be had from them.

I have a few extra copies of one of the recent issues of Petroleum News. If you’re interested in having a look, just let me know. It’s a great source of information for the Bakken for anyone with an interest in doing business in the region (j0b-seekers too). You can also check the publication out online too at Petroleum News website.

A few publications of note to those interested in the Bakken region:

North Dakota leads the nation in job production, according to a headline in today’s Bismarck Tribune. It’s not just the oil rig jobs that are in demand – service businesses such as restaurants, grocery stores (grocer Coburn’s is building out stores in North Dakota), construction companies, hotels and motels (they’re trying to limit the growth of the notorious man-camps in the area) are also ramping up and hiring.

The North Dakota Petroleum Council will hold its 2012 annual meeting Sept. 18-20 in Medora, ND. Registration is available at NDOIL. The event includes a golf tournament and an Old West BBQ, in addition to a full lineup of speakers.

A Williston-based company now offers day-long tours of the Bakken oil fields as well, according to the Unconventional Oil & Gas Center. Two tour dates, both for September, remain. Information here: Bakken Field Tours.

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