May 2021, Vol. 248, No. 5

Features

US Federal Land Policy Still Leaves Room for Winning Hands

By Richard Nemec, Contributing Editor  Aside from the Permian Basin in parts of Texas and New Mexico, which is in a class by itself, the Bakken Shale play in North Dakota is the nation’s next largest oil and associated natural gas basin, and one of the biggest oilfields with substantial federal public lands.   Sunset on a North Dakota oil field that encompasses federal land. As such, state energy officials have been laser-focused on the Biden administration’s suspension of new oil and gas leasing on federal lands because it could eventually curtail Bakken production by more than 100,000 bpd.  Lynn Helms, North Dakota’s oil and gas supervisor an

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