One of the biggest oil discoveries in recent history, the Bakken Shale has fueled a domestic oil boom and helped boost North Dakota’s GDP 32 percent in the last two years. In the spring of 2014, North Dakota pumped out more than a million barrels of oil per day, more than any other U.S. state besides Texas. Shale exploration has transformed the natural landscape and led to formation of mostly male oil boomtownswhere rents sometimes exceed those in Manhattan.
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