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nd then he lowered the oilfields of North Dakota by the U. S. energy bill were caught completely off guard and crude prices crashed , jobs evaporated and now companies are actually cannibalizing idle ratings for drills and motors rather than buying new part , I'm energy correspondent Ernie Schneider and I moved to North Dakota fourteen months ago it open Reuters first bureau in the state Akane oil fields now when I moved there oil prices were about a hundred dollars a barrel today there half that he's keeping it all over the state from a price drop , one area we're seeing a lot of pain in the cannibalization of oilfield parts , drilling in a tough business , but data show only sixty percent of land rates are operating that means a lot of idle machinery rather than buy new parts companies are damaging the peace here appeal there , keep the oil flowing into prices come back , that's a risky move oil companies that already have too few options , and means that when or if prices recover that they could be running radio pipes or other necessary equipment but for operators desperate to cut costs now and whether it downturn , that's where they're willing to take