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Faced with production declines, drillers cook up new recipes for growth

Shale oil, trapped thousands of feet below the North Dakota soil, is under extreme pressure. And in a way, the same is true of Continental Resources Inc. The Bakken-focused firm turned in 39 percent production growth last year and reaffirmed its goal of tripling production by 2017. But to get there -- and to do its part for the U.S. energy boom -- it will have to keep wringing oil out of increasingly stubborn rocks.

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