By Anna Burleson

Forum News Service

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — University of North Dakota professor Sebastian Braun points at a satellite map of Fort Worth, Texas, with small white lines and dots splayed thickly across it like veins on the dark green land.

“If you can visualize western North Dakota, in 10 years, this is what it’s going to look like,” he said.

The dots are oil-drilling pads and the white lines the roads leading up to them, which are already becoming a familiar scene in the state’s oil patch.

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