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Press Photo by Katherine Lymn Pumpjacks pump up oil from a well site north of Dickinson off Highway 22.

A bigger Bakken in Oklahoma?

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A handful of energy firms are rushing their rigs to several counties in southern Oklahoma, convinced they’ve found the next shale play to expand America’s oil boom.

While the number of rigs is leveling off in places like the North Dakota Bakken, oil drilling by companies including Continental Resources and Marathon Oil is quickening in what is known as the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province, or SCOOP, analysts and officials say.

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