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Old 11-20-2013, 02:57 PM   #11
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Thanks all for the great ideas, exactly what I was hoping to get. Does anyone know what area constitutes the oil boom area?
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:38 PM   #12
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Much of Alberta and Saskatchewan are oil boom areas. Even if oil is not being extracted, there are oilfield servicing companies, pipeline development, etc.

I suspect you're thinking of the oilsands up at Ft. McMurray. It's a long way out of your way (7-8 hours straight driving, one-way from Calgary), much of it on a highway notorious for motor vehicle accidents because everyone is driving too fast and impatiently. I know a number of people who live in my community and commute up there for work (10 days on, 10 days off kind of arrangements). I don't know anyone who enjoys the drive; and that's without an RV in tow.
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From the web: North Dakota may soon be giving Texas a run for its money in the oil industry. Information released last month by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Interior, indicates that oil and gas resources in the Bakken and Three Forks formations contain about 7.4 billion barrels (BBO) of undiscovered and technically recoverable oil. The shale formations located in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota have been reassessed, estimating undiscovered resources that drastically increase the amounts previously reported in 2008. The region where the Bakken and Three Forks are located, known as the Williston Basin is already a large oil producer. But, the newly discovered resources are almost entirely located within the Three Forks formation, which is situated primarily in North Dakota; a state with only one existing, and two planned refineries.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:43 PM   #14
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We've driven across the country several times (U.S.) and the midwest can be surprising. True the interstate is boring. But there are state campgrounds in the prairie states that make nice destination points. Pretty and comfortable.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:58 PM   #15
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We've driven across the country several times (U.S.) and the midwest can be surprising. True the interstate is boring. But there are state campgrounds in the prairie states that make nice destination points. Pretty and comfortable.
One of the biggest surprises on our 14,000 mile retirement around the US came in states that we didn't think would be all that exciting. I absolutely loved the Northwest part of Nebraska. Learned there was a lot more to Nebraska than corn.
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:53 PM   #16
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We did notice that in N.Dakota motels close to the hwy seemed very busy ... rv park we stayed at in Minot N. Dakota had lots of long term oil field workers , lots of winterized trailers.
Could not even imagine spending the winter that way . Oil pumps everywhere . There is a lot of truck traffic , but the hwys are very good ,easy drive .
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:06 PM   #17
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We thought South Dakota was great -- Badlands, Black Hills (we know a good cabin court) Sioux Falls was a big surprise -- there is a wonderful wide waterfall -- after a day on the road it was a real bonus. And there's a good Thai restaurant.
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In ND, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a great place to stay and never busy.
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In ND, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a great place to stay and never busy.
Definitely on my to see list. We were close, once, but had to detour south to meet up with relatives.
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From the web: North Dakota may soon be giving Texas a run for its money in the oil industry. Information released last month by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Interior, indicates that oil and gas resources in the Bakken and Three Forks formations contain about 7.4 billion barrels (BBO) of undiscovered and technically recoverable oil. The shale formations located in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota have been reassessed, estimating undiscovered resources that drastically increase the amounts previously reported in 2008. The region where the Bakken and Three Forks are located, known as the Williston Basin is already a large oil producer. But, the newly discovered resources are almost entirely located within the Three Forks formation, which is situated primarily in North Dakota; a state with only one existing, and two planned refineries.
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