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Oil boom in North Dakota

Last updated on: April 24, 2013 06:31 IST

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North Dakota is now the second-largest oil-producing state after Texas. The oil boom has resulted from an ongoing extraction from the Bakken formation in North Dakota that started in late 2008.

The Bakken shale is estimated to hold 18 billion barrels of crude oil.

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Image: An aerial image shows a natural gas flare after sunset outside of Williston, North Dakota.
Photographs: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters.

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An aerial image shows a natural gas flare after sunset outside of Williston, North Dakota.

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Image: A man walks by the Amtrak train station in Williston, North Dakota.
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An aerial view shows a train making its way along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) rail line outside of Williston, North Dakota.

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A pipeline network is seen in a field outside of Williston, North Dakota.

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Photographs: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters.

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An oil derrick is seen at a fracking site for extracting oil outside of Williston, North Dakota,. 

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The North Dakota license plate is seen on the backside of a dirty truck outside an oil drilling site in Williston, North Dakota.

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A aerial image shows a train entering a depot along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) rail line outside of Williston, North Dakota.

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A horse is seen in a field near an oil pump site outside of Williston, North Dakota. 

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Natural gas flares are seen at an oil pump site outside of Williston, North Dakota. 

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Photographs: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters.

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A truck parked along side of a road is pictured through a frosted window during sunrise in Williston, North Dakota. 

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Scarce supplies are seen on the shelves of the Salvation Army in Williston, North Dakota. 

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A warning sign for a natural gas pipeline is seen as natural gas flares at an oil pump site outside of Williston, North Dakota.


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Men sit inside Lonnie's Roadhouse cafe at a truck stop in Williston, North Dakota. 

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A mailbox is seen along a road during a snowstorm outside of Williston, North Dakota. 

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A mobile home is seen parked at a site in Williston, North Dakota. 

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A man demonstrates how an oil sample is taken at a drilling rig site outside of Williston, North Dakota. 

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A man works on the rig of an oil drilling pump site in McKenzie County outside of Williston, North Dakota. 

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An advertisement for a Rebel Roughneck talent show is seen inside a restaurant in Williston, North Dakota. 

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A man demonstrates how an oil thief takes a sample from a tank at a drilling site outside of Williston, North Dakota.

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Donnie Hampton, from Atlanta, Georgia, waits at the bus depot in Williston, North Dakota. Hampton, worked 84 hrs a week as a chef at a lodge before being let go do to downsizing. 

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Stori Stotts, from Soda Springs, Idaho, 20, poses with her housekeeping supplies at the Target Logistics Bear Paw Lodge man camp in Williston, North Dakota.

Stori works close to 80 a hours a week cleaning rooms and residences at the man camp while also working in the lodge supplies store. She plans on working for two years saving enough money to pay for tuition at a beauty school in Hawaii. 

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Empty spots for razors are seen inside a Wal-Mart store in Williston, North Dakota.

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A man sits inside the Target Logistics Bear Paw Lodge man camp in Williston, North Dakota. 

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A man stands on a skateboard outside a Wal-Mart store in Williston, North Dakota. 

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A sign is seen advertising a weekly rental location in Williston, North Dakota.

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