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Geologist Stephan Nordeng with the North Dakota Geological Survey, pictured Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at the North Dakota Petroleum Council annual meeting in Grand Forks, N.D., is working on temperature profiles of abandoned oil wells. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Geologist seeks temperature data from deep in the Bakken


GRAND FORKS - The North Dakota Geological Survey is working to take the temperature of the Williston Basin.

Temperature data scientists have about the Bakken and other areas below the surface is questionable, said geologist Stephan Nordeng.

"Right now we're relying on data that's mostly unreliable," Nordeng said.

A research project Nordeng is leading seeks to develop temperature profiles of 12 to 15 abandoned oil wells in western North Dakota.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.