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Waskada, population 225 and just a few kilometres away from the U.S. border, is on the northern fringe of the prolific Bakken field, a booming unconventional oil play that could soon make North Dakota the second-largest oil-producing state after Texas. The rapid development of the Bakken – which now is now producing 350,000 barrels a day – signals a dramatic new chapter in North American oil industry, where conventional, onshore production was recently considered to be in terminal decline. Click on the link underneath this gallery to read more in a full story.

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