Executives representing three top Williston Basin E&Ps came to Hart Energy’s recent DUG Rockies conference to praise the Bakken/Three Forks play and bury—or at least kick some dirt toward—the Permian Basin. Oasis Petroleum Inc., Hess Corp. and Whiting Petroleum Corp.—collectively producing about a quarter of North Dakota’s crude oil—recounted the afflictions and tests the Bakken has weathered: steep differentials, related pipeline constraints and flagging interest from the oil and gas universe during the downturn.

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