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Shale boom turns North Dakota into No. 3 oil producer: Reuters, March 8, 2012






Shale boom turns North Dakota into No. 3 oil producer


“North Dakota hasovertaken California as the third-largest U.S. oil-producing state, as thecontroversial fracking technology boosted shale oil output and cut theMidwestern state's unemployment rate to the lowest in the country. The shaleoil boom could be a recurring theme during the U.S. presidential campaign thisyear with both parties debating how to create and sustain energy-related jobsand reduce the top oil consumer's dependence on imports. Republican nomineeMitt Romney has appointed the chief executive of a major producer in the Bakkenshale rock formation -- Continental Resources' Harold Hamm-- as his energyadvisor.”

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