Oil Boom Shifts The Landscape Of Rural North Dakota

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Rob Thomasson works at a residential construction site on July 28,... News PhotoBestof,Business,Construction Industry,Finance,Fuel and Power Generation,Horizontal,North Dakota,Residential Building,Topics,Topix,USA,WorkingPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesWATFORD, ND - JULY 28: Rob Thomasson works at a residential construction site on July 28, 2013 in Watford, North Dakota. 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)