The recent boom of the Bakken oil fields—made possible by a perfect storm of sensible state regulations, hydraulic fracturing technology, and the fact that most drilling is taking place on private lands—has produced a whirlwind of economic growth in a formerly sleepy corner of northwest North Dakota. Recently, a team from The Heritage Foundation and the Institute for Energy Research (IER) traveled out West to see it for ourselves.

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