Bakken Leaving 2017 Healthier & More Mature

By: Rob Lindberg
Director, Bakken Backers

In a conversation at the beginning of 2017 with an industry leader, we reminisced about the number of experiences and happenings that have occurred in such a short period of time in the Bakken. His experience began in the early 2000s; mine began in 2012. We talked about the North Dakota oil industry before the Bakken, its first discoveries, the mini boom, the mini downturn and the full boom with incredible growth, endless traffic and constant media attention.

It was a remarkable time. Entrepreneurs made fortunes. Workers earned incredible sums. Many spent more than they earned. Work was endless, as was the unbridled enthusiasm shared by those within it.