Oil Boom Shifts The Landscape Of Rural North Dakota


Darby Hanson , with his son Jacob Hanson, aged 8, during an organized... News PhotoBusiness,Finance,Fuel and Power Generation,Horizontal,North Dakota,Organization,Softball - Sport,USA,Watford CityPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesWILLISTON, ND - JULY 23: Darby Hanson (L), with his son Jacob Hanson, aged 8, during an organized softball game on July 23, 2013 in Watford City, North Dakota. North Dakota is been experiencing an oil boom in recent years, due in part to new drilling techniques including hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. In April 2013, The United States Geological Survey released a new study estimating the Bakken formation and surrounding oil fields could yield up to 7.4 billion barrels of oil, doubling their estimate of 2008, which was stated at 3.65 billion barrels of oil. Hanson works as in masonry and has lived in Watford City for six years; he says he has seen both good and bad changes. 'Personally, for me it's been good, but it's tough to see things not always done correctly,' Hanson said. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)