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11 shocking facts about North Dakota's shale boom

By Jim Mackinnon Published: June 18, 2013

You will be shocked -- shocked!! -- at what The Fiscal Times reports in a story about the North Dakota oil boom fueled by the fracking and horizontal drilling of the Bakken shale.

Or maybe not. But the story is chock full of statistics and numbers showing the impact shale energy has had on the state.

Blaire Briody writes: "A quiet boom has been slowly taking place in the westernmost corner of North Dakota—one that is starting to resemble the size and scale of the 1849 gold rush.

"Men (and a few women) from all over the country are descending upon the area to try and strike it rich. They’ve heard of $100K jobs for 22-year-olds with no experience, a 1 percent unemployment rate (compared to the national 7.5 percent) and people making more money than they know what to do with. What was once a sleepy region with large swaths of open space and tiny single-street towns has been inundated with thousands of workers, dozens of temporary housing camps, traffic, crime, and skyrocketing living costs."

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