North Dakota Oil Diary: Photos from the Bakken oil fields

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A sign identifies Peak Energy's Dunn County, North Dakota drilling site. (Caitlin McNally)


A rig is nestled between North Dakotan hills. (Caitlin McNally)


Trucks are parked outside trailers at the drilling site. (Caitlin McNally)


Bill, the rig's manager. (Caitlin McNally)


Me and Bill, the rig's manager. (Caitlin McNally)


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