North Dakota lawmakers will be touring the state's oil patch

(Bismarck Tribune)

Dozens of North Dakota lawmakers will be getting a warts-and-all tour next month of the state's booming oil patch and its impact.
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Race for North Dakota's agriculture commissioner is all about oil


North Dakota's biggest oil producers have picked a side and put money into an obscure election for the state's agriculture commissioner, hoping to ward off a rising Democratic challenger who could limit development of new wells and pipelines.
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(Building the Bakken)

It is hard to imagine that the Bakken’s energy play is still in infant stages. At least from a macro level. On a micro level, the start up phase is over and production is here, while the Bakken passed the “boom” phase and into an “industry” sometime over the past 9-12 months. Brad Crabtree, vice president of fossil energy at the Great Plains Institute, has seen it all first hand and believes the future of resources like carbon and coal are just starting to gain traction in the Bakken.
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The Bakken brand: Oil Patch-named products taking off

(The Dickinson Press)

Oil isn’t the only item for which the “Bakken” name will move product. The popularity of Bakken-branded foods, souvenirs and clothing is showing how the oil boom isn’t only affecting the economy — it’s a national story. Whether it’s on a T-shirt in a gas station, a candy bar or a brand of beer, the Bakken and North Dakota’s oil boom are a hot trend.
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Bright future: North Dakota officials project Bakken production through 2100

(Bismarck Tribune)

The North Dakota Industrial Commission projects that oil development in the Bakken will last at least five generations — with production lasting through 2100 and beyond.
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How North Dakota’s ‘man rush’ compares with past population booms

(Pew Research Center)

The vast amounts of oil extracted from Bakken shale in recent years, much of it in North Dakota, has helped the United States become the world’s top oil producer. The state has added about 100,000 workers since 2009, and the unemployment rate (2.6%) is well below the national average.
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