For a time, the Williston Basin seemed left for dead by the industry.

E&Ps have sold off Bakken assets as their attention has been drawn south, to the Permian Basin. Occidental Petroleum Corp. sold its holdings in late 2015 for $600 million. Halcón Resources Corp. parted ways with the Williston in 2017 for $1.4 billion. QEP Resources Inc. continues to shop acreage in its South Antelope and Fort Berthold positions as it shifts to a Permian focus.

Yet at EnerCom’s The Oil & Gas Conference in Denver, E&Ps and deal makers made the case that the Bakken/Three Forks is not quite dead. In fact, it feels fine.

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