The landlocked Rockies’ unconventional plays, including the Bakken, will gain a share of the nation’s growing oil and gas export business—if the midstream sector adds the proper infrastructure. That was a point emphasized by several speakers in presentations at Hart Energy’s DUG Rockies Conference & Exhibition here April 25.

An example of what can happen came last year with the start-up of Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) that provided a direct link between Bakken producers in the Williston Basin and the sprawling downstream markets on the U.S. Gulf Coast, said Brad Holly, president and CEO of Whiting Petroleum Corp., in the conference’s opening keynote.

“North Dakota is a long ways from markets,” he said, adding midstream infrastructure will decide producer profitability.

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