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The Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts has awarded West Virginia University Department of Geology and Geography doctoral student Shuvajit Bhattacharya a $2,000 scholarship for the second year in a row for his research exploring oil extraction from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota.

Bhattacharya is reviewing rock type, subsurface activity and characteristics to gauge how these geological factors impact oil and gas production.

“My research will have a direct impact on hydrocarbon prospect generation for further exploration and drilling in the area, which could provide energy security to the concerned community,” Bhattacharya said.

North Dakota has skyrocketed to an all-time high of one million barrels of oil per day in recent months. Officials estimate the state will see 7.4 million barrels of technically recoverable oil in future reserves; and Bhattacharya said the wells are projected to produce oil for the next 30-40 years.

“The project will provide a comprehensive methodology for Bakken that can be adapted by the industry to provide insight and facilitate further work on other shale resources in the world,” he said.