Driving around the oil fields of North Dakota outside of Minot, you’re struck by the fact that you are surrounded by thousands of square miles of rich, expansive farmland—green fields as far as the eye can see. But it’s what lies beneath North Dakota’s canola crop that kicked off a statewide celebration this week.

Nathan Conway, CEO of Fortis Energy Services, Inc. talks to the foreman at Rig 1062 south of Lansford, North Dakota. The well is operated by Ballantyne Oil Co. of Westhope, ND.  Photo: EnerCom Inc.

The state achieved a notable miles...

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