Oil Boom Shifts The Landscape Of Rural North Dakota


Jerome watches as Zach , jumps over Fielding on July 28, 2013 in... News PhotoBestof,Business,Fielder,Finance,Fuel and Power Generation,Horizontal,North Dakota,Topics,Topix,USAPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesALEXANDER, ND - JULY 28: Jerome (L) watches as Zach (on bike), jumps over Fielding on July 28, 2013 in Alexander, North Dakota. Fielding's dad, who works as a mechanic and welder, moved the family to North Dakota from Mexico after learning of work being offered. North Dakota has 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. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)