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The Oil Boom Affects Texas, North Dakota Roads

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July 11, 2014

The road to U.S. energy security is often unpaved.

In southern Texas and North Dakota, where shale drilling has propelled U.S. oil production to the highest level in 28 years, thousands of 18-wheel trucks are rumbling to wells on roads designed decades ago for farmers to bring crops to markets. Road closures have slowed output, with diverted traffic increasing accidents, as Texas seeks $1 billion to maintain roads in the oil belt, Bloomberg said July 11.

With the U.S. projected to be energy self-sufficient by 2030, according to BP Plc ...

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