Core Library ‘Model for the Country’
The Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library, housed on the campus of the University of North Dakota, is home to core samples from more than 4,000 oil wells. The library also houses cuttings from more than 20,000 wells. The facility was established in 1951 by the state legislature, at the urging of then state geologist Wilson Baird. An estimated record 79,000 feet of core were examined by the oil and gas industry last year. Several industry officials view the core library as a model for the rest of the country. Read more in the Bakken Breakout.