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Jack Stark, senior vice president for exploration for Continental Resources, talks Wednesday to an overflow crowd during the second day of the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck.

1 million barrels of oil per day; 1 million people for jobs

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BISMARCK -- Oil development could push North Dakota's population to 1 million people, the state's director of mineral resources said Wednesday as one of his predictions for the state's future.


Lynn Helms laid out three possible scenarios for North Dakota during the second day of the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.