Photos: Oil boom changes the face of North Dakota

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1 A gas and oil refinery is seen in an aerial view in the early morning hours of July 30, 2013 in Bismarck, North Dakota. The state has seen a boom in oil production thanks to new drilling techniques including horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. 
2 Sections of pipe wait to be welded together and placed into the ground sit in preparation on July 28, 2013 outside Watford City, North Dakota. 
3 The Missouri River and the Badlands region is seen in an aerial view in the early morning hours of July 30, 2013 near Watford City, North Dakota. 
4 A construction worker specializing in pipe-laying sandblasts a section of pipeline on July 25, 2013 outside Watford City, North Dakota. 
5 Ray Gerish, a floor hand for Raven Drilling, works on an oil rig drilling into the Bakken shale formation on July 28, 2013 outside Watford City, North Dakota. Workers for Raven Drilling work twelve hour days fourteen days straight, staying at a camp nearby, followed by fourteen days. 
6 Drilling equipment sits in preparation on a drill site on July 28, 2013 outside Watford City, North Dakota. In April 2013, The United States Geological Survey released a new study estimating the Bakken formation and surrounding oil fields could yield up to 7.4 billion barrels of oil, doubling their estimate of 2008, which was stated at 3.65 billion barrels of oil. 
7 Pumpjacks are seen in an aerial view in the early morning hours of July 30, 2013 near Watford City, North Dakota. 
8 Oil industry equipment is seen in an aerial view in the early morning hours of July 30, 2013 near Watford City, North Dakota. North Dakota has seen a boom in oil production thanks to new drilling techniques including horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. 
9 A trailer park occupied mostly by oil workers is seen in an aerial view in the early morning hours of July 30, 2013 near Watford City, North Dakota. North Dakota has seen a boom in oil production thanks to new drilling techniques including horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. 
10 Ramone Garcia waits for his brother to get home to unluck their trailer on July 29, 2013 in Watford City, North Dakota. Garcia lives in the trailer with his three other brothers, who all work in the oil industry; prior to moving the North Dakota a year ago, they lived in Arizona, where their wives and children still reside. The trailer has no running water, and bathrooms are found in a communal building nearby. North Dakota has seen an influx of workers come from around the globe as a new oil boom has begun. 
11 Samuel Garcia plays music with his brother (not seen) in their trailer on July 29, 2013 in Watford City, North Dakota. The Garcia brothers live in the trailer with their two other brothers and all work in the oil industry; prior to moving the North Dakota a year ago, they lived in Arizona, where their wives and children still reside. North Dakota has seen an influx of workers come from around the globe as a new oil boom has begun. 
12 Boys playing in Alexander, North Dakota. North Dakota has been experiencing an oil boom in recent years, due in part to new drilling techniques including hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. 
13 A boy pauses while riding bikes with his friends on July 28, 2013 in Alexander, North Dakota. His dad, who works as a mechanic and welder, moved the family to North Dakota from Mexico after learning of work being offered. 
14 New townhouses are seen next to a highway on July 29, 2013 in Watford City, North Dakota. 
15 A sign of new affluence in remote region, a Bentley Continental GT is parked on the side of the road in Watford City, North Dakota. 
16 The way things used to be: A buffalo is seen in Theodore Roosevelt National Park outside Watford City, North Dakota. 
17 An oil drilling rig is seen in an aerial view in the early morning hours of July 30, 2013 near Bismarck, North Dakota. The state has seen a boom in oil production thanks to new drilling techniques including horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. 
18 Jeremiah Constant, a drill equipment salesman originally from Colorado, flirts with Brittany Paige, originally from California, over a game of pool at a bar on July 27, 2013 in Williston, North Dakota. The western region of North Dakota has seen a rise in crime, automobile accidents and drug usage recently, due in part to the oil boom which has brought tens of thousands of jobs to the region, lowering state unemployment and bringing a surplus to the state budget. 
19 Jay Smith participates in an arm wrestling tournament at the North Dakota state fair on July 27, 2013 in Williston, North Dakota. 
20 A man watches the police outside a bar after a fight on July 27, 2013 in Williston, North Dakota. 
21 Firefighters with the Williston Fire Department load an injured woman into an ambulance after a fight on July 27, 2013 in Williston, North Dakota. 
22 Inmates sit in the county jail on July 26, 2013 in Williston, North Dakota. The state has seen a rise in crime, automobile accidents and drug usage recently, due in part to the oil boom which has brought tens of thousands of jobs to the region, lowering state unemployment and bringing a surplus to the state budget. 
23 Sections of pipe are lined up before being used to drill at Raven Drilling's oil rig on July 28, 2013 outside Watford City, North Dakota. North Dakota has been experiencing an oil boom in recent years, due in part to new drilling techniques including hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. In April 2013, The United States Geological Survey released a new study estimating the Bakken formation and surrounding oil fields could yield up to 7.4 billion barrels of oil, doubling their estimate of 2008, which was stated at 3.65 billion barrels of oil. 
24 A gas flare is seen at an oil well site on July 26, 2013 outside Williston, North Dakota. Gas flares are created when excess flammable gases are released by pressure release valves during the drilling for oil and natural gas.