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This Is What Life Is Really Like In The North Dakota Oil Boomtown Of Williston


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Ten years ago Williston, North Dakota was a quiet agricultural town with a population around 12,000.

Now, oil prices and drilling advancements have turned Williston into one of America's biggest oil boomtown, pushing its population to over 30,000. The wait at the town's Wal-Mart can push two hours, and the infrastructure is deeply strained.

I visited Williston in March. Interest in the small city is only continuing to grow as America's energy boom rolls on and concerns about a new drilling technique known as "fracking" increase.

These days, America's new boomtown is more in the news than ever, so we thought we'd re-visit what life is like there.

Williston, North Dakota is in the Northwestern portion of the state, not far from Montana and Canada

The town happens to sit in the center of the large Bakken oil formation — 640 square miles of oil, holding up to 34 billion barrels

Recent advancements in fracking allow operators to go deeper, more precisely than ever before

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