Hydraulic fracturing has been turning the U.S. into a big producer of natural gas. Now it's brightening prospects for an oil boom in the U.S. as well. The Energy Information Agency reports that 2011 was the best year the county has had for oil production since the late 1990s. The biggest reason for that turnaround is a surge in drilling in Texas and North Dakota shale oil fields.
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