For many of you who own minerals in the Bakken Shale, you might be asking why the drilling process is moving at a slow pace while thousands of "proven" production acreage has been untapped and awaits drilling. Here are some facts which has effected this area since the discovery of massive oil reserves in regards to this formation. First, the lack of sufficient drilling rigs in the area in proportion to the number of acres to be drilled. Currently, 160 plus rigs are active in the North Dakota area while few exists in the mostly untapped areas of Montana. This rig count has expanded over the last several months due partly to companies moving their operations from gas to oil. Samson Oil and Gas just recently sold their Green River Basin gas assets to a group of private investors in order to focus on the Bakken and Niobrara plays. Second, there is a lack of frac crews in this area which has resulted in a backlog of wells waiting for frac jobs. This seems to be a growing problem which is resulting in the completion of wells. Third, a lack of water in the area due to heavy demands in the drilling process. Currently, state and industry officials are waiting for federal permission to tap the Missouri River or risk hitting the ceiling on how much oil they can produce. Record levels of drilling activity in this area has contributed to this problem over the past serveral months. Currently, it has been reported that 7 million barrels of water is available daily and much more is needed to keep pace with this growing drilling activity. In conclusion, in order to maintain current drilling operations at a reasonable pace , these problems will have to be addressed along with the transportation matters in regards to the minerals.