Oil Boom Shifts The Landscape Of Rural North Dakota

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Phillip Chambers, a driller for Raven Drilling, takes a break while... News PhotoBestof,Business,Finance,Fuel and Power Generation,Horizontal,North Dakota,Oil Industry,Shale,Topics,Topix,USA,Watford CityPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesWILLISTON, ND - JULY 23: Phillip Chambers, a driller for Raven Drilling, takes a break 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 stated at 3.65 billion barrels of oil. Workers for Raven Drilling work 12-hour days, working 14 days straight, and then having 14 days off. They stay at a camp nearby. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)