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11 Surprising Facts about the Bakken Oil Fields

The USGS estimates the U.S. will be able to recover 7.4 billion barrels of oil from the region and 6.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

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Facts Courtesy of The Fiscal Times, Blaire Briody (http://bit.ly/19vmSv1)

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Oil production in North Dakota has increase more than 600 percent, going from 36 million barrels of oil in 2005, to 2...

Oil production in North Dakota has increase more than 600 percent, going from 36 million barrels of oil in 2005, to 2...
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There are an estimated 40,856 oil industry jobs in North Dakota, plus an additional 18,000 jobs supporting the indust...

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Each well requires about 2,000 truck trips in its first year of operation. On the highway running through the area, t...

Each well requires about 2,000 truck trips in its first year of operation. On the highway running through the area, t...
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North Dakota now has a billion-dollar budget surplus. The economic impact of oil production to the state’s economy is...

North Dakota now has a billion-dollar budget surplus. The economic impact of oil production to the state’s economy is...
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The local McDonald’s can’t find enough workers so it’s offering $15 an hour and signing bonuses of $300. Local stripp...

The local McDonald’s can’t find enough workers so it’s offering $15 an hour and signing bonuses of $300. Local stripp...
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The number of taxpayers reporting adjusted gross income of more than $1 million in North Dakota has nearly tripled, g...

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The population is expected to climb 50 percent over the next 20 years in North Dakota’s oil producing region.

The population is expected to climb 50 percent over the next 20 years in North Dakota’s oil producing region.
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Over six new housing units are being built in Williston every day, with 2,000 to 3,000 being built every year, but th...

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There’s only one hospital in the Williston area and it's seen wait times quadruple—from 30 minutes in 2010 to more th...

There’s only one hospital in the Williston area and it's seen wait times quadruple—from 30 minutes in 2010 to more th...
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While many say the boom will last for decades, J. David Hughes at the Post Carbon Institute, a think tank based in Ca...

While many say the boom will last for decades, J. David Hughes at the Post Carbon Institute, a think tank based in Ca...