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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

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