Oil Boom Shifts The Landscape Of Rural North Dakota

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Sections of pipe wait to be welded together and placed into the... News PhotoArranging,Bestof,Business,Cross Section,Finance,Fuel and Power Generation,Horizontal,North Dakota,Preparation,Sitting,Topics,Topix,USA,Waiting,Watford CityPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesWATFORD CITY, ND - JULY 28: Sections of pipe wait to be welded together and placed into the ground sit in preparation on July 28, 2013 outside Watford City, 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)