The Bakken is the largest oil-producing shale in the continental U.S., with estimates of the amount of its resources expanding every day, so The Motley Fool has a close eye on the companies that are players in this region. In this video, energy analyst Taylor Muckerman highlights some of the most important Bakken companies to follow, including some of their plans for growth, some production strategies going forward, and even some M&A rumors floating around the region.

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