- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Bakken oil formation is synonymous with North Dakota to many. But other areas of the play are producing oil as well.

Melinda Yurkowski is an assistant chief geologist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy. She says 65,000 of the 480,000 barrels of crude the province produces per day come from the Bakken.

Yurkowski on Wednesday spoke at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck. The province of Saskatchewan and North Dakota are sponsors of the annual conference.

Yurkowski says Saskatchewan could boost its Bakken production numbers in the future. But she says the province has no target production numbers in place.

The Bakken formation stretches across North Dakota, Montana, and Canada’s Saskatchewan and Manitoba provinces.