You can see the North Dakota oil boom from space. In recent pictures taken from space you can see the light created by the oil fields.

North Dakota Oil Fields
Suomi NPP Satellite/NASA Earth Observatory

On November 12, 2012, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this nighttime view of widespread drilling throughout the area. Most of the bright specks are lights associated with drilling equipment and temporary housing near drilling sites, though a few are evidence of gas flaring. Some of the brighter areas correspond to towns and cities including Williston, Minot, and Dickinson.

Earth at Night
That patch of light near the top center of the picture. Via Youtube/NASA

North Dakota is second only to Texas in oil production in the United States.

Here is some of the stuff making that light