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Tracking oil: Surge in oil production has pushed crude to the rails


An oil boom in North Dakota has brought a flood of workers, infrastructure investment and tax revenues.

But as production soared, it became increasingly difficult to move oil out of the region as pipeline capacity lagged behind.

Enter trains.

The railroads that helped settle the American West more than a century ago are now helping to fuel a new frontier: oil shale production that has reshaped western North Dakota.

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John Hageman
John Hageman covers local business and Grand Forks' legislative delegation. Get more business news at 
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