A&D activity in the Bakken is chugging along despite an overall slump in upstream deals for the first half of the year.

Recent announcements from PetroShale Inc. and Energy Resources 12 LP show the oil-rich Bakken has not been forgotten as E&Ps comb the Williston Basin for deals while others prune their portfolios or exit for more profitable areas.

Overall, the U.S. upstream market in the second quarter was significantly down with $8.7 billion worth of deals compared to the quarterly average since 2014 of $17.1 billion, according to a recent report by Drillinginfo.

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