A drop in crude oil prices has affected the Bakken oil boom and according to a
Wall Street Journal article federal officials say it could also be a cause of the record number of
deaths in the area since October of 2014.
Although officials say it is too soon to tell for sure, they do believe
high pressure cost-cutting measures implemented by employers such as employee
lay-offs, increased hours, lower pay levels and inexperienced contractors
could be costing workers their lives.
With the escalation of these types of human tragedies it is important to
look at the measures being taken by officials to regulate this boomtown
industry as well as look out and examine the future of the Bakken oil fields.
Reveal News investigation of two deaths in Bakken exposed “shrewd corporate practices and
weak federal oversights that shield energy producers from responsibility
when workers die.” The investigation has drawn increased attention
to conditions in the industry and resulted in an
OSHA examination of the conditions in the Bakken area in an effort to identify and “hold more top energy producers
accountable for workplace accidents.”
As far as Bakken’s future goes it appears that regardless of the
current industry downturn Bakken will continue to produce American oil
far into the future. According to a
United States Geologic Survey (USGS) of the Bakken Shale there was close to seven million gallons of still undiscovered oil in
the area in 2013, and the
State of North Dakota projects that wells will needto be drilled for the next 15 to 20 years
to develop the “entire thermally mature resource area.” Each
drilled well is estimatedto produce oil for approximately oil for approximately
30 years after that. This traditional production does not account for
the anticipated future advances in technology that will undoubtedly occur
in the meantime increasing our ability to harness the Bakken oil even
further into the future.
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