It seems that a good way to start this whole thing is by aknowledging that Hess Corp. (formerly Amerada Hess) recently was granted permit #16565 for the H. Bakken 12-07H well in sec. 12, T157N-R95W, Williams Co., a mid-Bakken horizontal well in Tioga Field. This new well is a stones throw from the Amerada Pet. Corp. H.O. Bakken #1 well that was drilled in 1953.
The reason this is particularly noteworthy is because the Bakken Formation was named in 1953 by the geologist working on the Bakken #1 well after studying the shale samples.