Oil Boom Shifts The Landscape Of Rural North Dakota

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Glen Crabtree, a floor hand for Raven Drilling, lines up a pipe while... News PhotoBestpix,Business,Finance,Fuel and Power Generation,Hand,Horizontal,Lining Up,North Dakota,Oil Industry,Shale,Topix,USA,Watford CityPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesWATFORD CITY, ND - JULY 23: Glen Crabtree, a floor hand for Raven Drilling, lines up a pipe while drilling for oil in the Bakken shale formation on July 23, 2013 outside 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 estimated at 3.65 billion barrels of oil. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)