“Bakken” has become a dirty word in Canada

“Bakken” is starting to become a dirty word in Calgary.

Producers are boosting output in the tight-oil play in North Dakota. But a lack of pipeline capacity to markets has sent prices of Midwest crudes—and Canadian ones—falling. And the light, sweet oil from the Bakken competes directly with the synthetic crude that many oil-sands producers make.

Now, in the eyes of a Canadian credit-rating agency, anyway, the Bakken Shale represents a better bet for investors, compared to the Alberta oil sands. Analysts at DBRS of Toronto decided to compare the two, big North American oil-producing regions that are reshaping the North American and global energy markets.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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