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Hints of US oil industry comeback in North Dakota

Shortage of workers for highly skilled positions in drilling and oil pump maintenance, among others

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Oil industry consultant Monty Besler says If oil prices can be sustained in the US$50-60 per barrel range, "that starts to bring the outside money back in - the investment groups that were pouring money into the Bakken (shale formation) before".

Williston, North Dakota

IN the chilly air before dawn, a handful of men and women huddle in front of a small, one-storey building on the outskirts of Williston.

They are waiting for Command Center, a temporary work agency, to open.

Workers in this oil town in the US state of

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