For every 100 barrels of oil in the ground, the best technology of today will recover only about 6-8 of those barrels of oil.
Petroleum Council President Ron Ness says the room for a growing future in oil production is worth a celebration.
Governor Jack Dalrymple called 'picnics' the North Dakota way to say thank you, which is what the Bakken Rocks Cookfests were designed to do.
This is the sixth annual cookfest hosted by the North Dakota Petroleum Council.
The event is held in two oil impacted communities each summer.
In addition to the competition barbecue, a Bakken Basics Education session addresses the progress and challenges of the industry.
Ness says that we've established the footprint of the Bakken and Three Forks formations in phase one, now phase two is 'harvest,' which could last for generations, depending on the progress of technology.
(Ron Ness, ND Petroleum Council President) "Ultimately, it's the secondary and tertiary recovery method. Is CO2 involved? That's the answer the world doesn't know, how do you recover the most oil out of a shale resource?"
The next Bakken Rocks Cookfest will be held in Dunn Center on Thursday.