Over the weekend, I dove into figuring out a way to understand the spatial implications of two of the major physical manifestations of the oil boom – well sites and man camps.
I looked at the well sites across time. The diagram below provides an idea of the rhythm of well creation in the bakken:
These diagrams represent the basic stages of well completion.
First, wells need to be graded
Then they get drilled
Next, they get fracked
and finally, resource extraction begins.