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North Dakota overtakes California to become nation's third largest oil producer

The controversial hydraulic fracturing process, which extracts oil from shale, has boosted our neighbor's oil output to more than a half-million barrels a day. The oil rush has also helped drive down unemployment, with oil companies claiming there are more jobs than people.
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The controversial hydraulic fracturing process, which extracts oil from shale, has boosted our neighbor's oil output to more than a half-million barrels a day. The oil rush has also helped drive down unemployment, with oil companies claiming there are more jobs than people.

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