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North dakota oil

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The use of unconventional drilling techniques has resulted in an impressive uptick in US oil production.
North dakota oil

An oil pump jack is seen in this Aug. 16, 2012, photo taken near Tioga, N.D. Last year the state generated a record 152 million barrels, and more than 80 percent of it was Bakken derived. For 2012, North Dakota's output is projected to surpass that of California (196 million barrels) and possibly even that of Alaska (209 million barrels), lagging behind only Texas (533 million barrels).

Mark Schmeets