North Dakota to continue oil surge By Dan Murtaugh, Bloomberg | July 15, 2014 North Dakota pumped more oil than three OPEC member nations in May as output rose 3.6% to 1.04 million barrels a day. North Dakota or North Texas? By Dan Murtaugh, Bloomberg | June 18, 2014 Oil and gas from the Bakken and other shale formations helped the U.S. produce the equivalent of 87% of its energy needs in 2013, the highest level since 1985. Teapots boiling in Texas as shale spurs refining revival By Dan Murtaugh, Bloomberg | January 31, 2014 Near the only four-way stoplight in Nixon, Texas, smoke rises off a pilot flare at the Blue Dolphin Energy Co. refinery that had sat cold for two decades. Shale boom cuts Gulf oil premium to 24-year low By Dan Murtaugh, Bloomberg | September 7, 2012 The U.S. shale boom has driven the cost of Gulf Coast light, sweet oil to its lowest level versus Brent crude in almost a quarter century as the nation’s dependence on foreign supplies wanes.