Here’s one for all those who keep playing up the “peak oil” routine.
… new wealth springs from the Bakken formation, a sprawling deposit of high-quality crude beneath the durum wheat fields of North Dakota, Montana and southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The Bakken may give the U.S. — the world’s biggest importer of oil — a new domestic energy source at a time when demand from China and India is ratcheting up the global competition for supplies and propelling average U.S. gasoline prices to almost $4 a gallon.
And unlike the tar from Canada’s oil sands, Bakken crude needs little refining. Swirl some of it in a Mason jar and it leaves a thin, honey-colored film along the sides. It’s light – -almost like gasoline — and sweet, meaning it’s low in sulfur.
Best of all, the Bakken could be huge. The U.S. Geological Survey’s Leigh Price, a Denver geochemist who died of a heart attack in 2000, estimated that the Bakken might hold a whopping 413 billion barrels. If so, it would dwarf Saudi Arabia’s Ghawar, the world’s biggest field, which has produced about 55 billion barrels.
Now watch for the environmental groups to converge on the prairies and try to find some newly endangered species of durum wheat or canola so they can ensure that we continue to rely on foreign oil sources.