For years, the Bakken has been known to be a major oil and gas hub and it is the third largest U.S. shale oil field, behind the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford, in Texas. Primarily located in North Dakota, it also runs through Montana and two Canadian provinces – Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Because of the oil play there, McDonalds’ workers have been known to make upwards of $20 per hour to accommodate the high numbers of clientele. You can also buy shirts there that say “Rockin’ the Bakken.” It’s a hot place to be – not really – it’s actually fairly cold, but with 3.65 billion barrels of recoverable crude oil under its surface, it is definitely a “hot spot” for companies wanting to conduct business there.
Oil and gas operations are commonly found in remote locations far from company headquarters. Now, it's possible to monitor pump operations, collate and analyze seismic data, and track employees around the world from almost anywhere. Whether employees are in the office or in the field, the internet and related applications enable a greater multidirectional flow of information – and control – than ever before.