Industrial Commission Approves Enhanced Oil Recovery Project

The project will take place over two years.

BISMARCK, N.D.–North Dakota regulators have endorsed a project that will test a process that injects natural gas underground to try to force more oil out of the state’s shale deposits.

The state Industrial Commission, a three-member panel led Gov. Doug Burgum, approved the “enhanced oil recovery” process Monday for Hess Corp.

The company is proposing the project to target newer Bakken wells near Ross in Mountrail County.

The process already is done in old oil fields by injecting them with carbon dioxide. The technology has not yet been proven in newer wells.

State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms says the company plans to inject a proprietary foam and natural gas underground, rather than carbon dioxide.

The project will take place over two years.

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