The PBS doc is airing nationwide this year.
Take a tour of oil country with photographer Ben Garvin.
Stories of folks trying to survive a huge drop in oil prices and fewer rigs pumping in the Bakken.
“The future of storytelling,” one writer says.
“What’s the most dangerous job in America? … I’d have to say oilfield worker.”
Jessie Veeder, Erik Koskinen, Kris Kitko and other musicians playing oilfield songs.
“I like it,” says one woman. “The fighting. The blood. The broken bones.”
How a children’s book author became obsessed with the Bakken boom.
“Rolling coal is more than a thing. I almost call it a movement.”
A retired carpenter paints the oil boom.
Billionaire Harold Hamm isn’t the only Hamm in town. Phil Hamm’s got something to say about the boom too.
“I grew up on this place,” she says. “It’s pretty hard to leave.”
Cory Spotted Bear enjoys seeing folks who haven’t had much money get some monetary benefits from the oil boom.
Cooking ribs for roughnecks, but not staying forever: “Arkansas boys are Arkansas boys.”
Everywhere she went, men hit on her. So Nathina St. Pierre took action.
“It’s like a creature that’s let loose and they are trying to get control of it.”
“I wanted a fresh start so I came to North Dakota.”
“The beers were on the verge of becoming whiskeys.”
As oil field jobs go, Dustin Bergsing seemed to have a pretty safe one.
“I am so madly in love with that kid. Even now.”
As the boom rolled through the west, Bismarck’s OSHA office failed to keep pace.
A day with the busy paramedics at the Killdeer Area Ambulance Service.
What’s it like to work on a drilling rig? Tait knows.
He worked in the Bakken oilfields. And wrote a book of poems about it.
A mineral rights fight in western North Dakota.
In North Dakota, she’s a mudlogger. In Minneapolis, she’s a musician.
Meet the leading member of the Ladies Petroleum Club.
The oil boom of western North Dakota is mostly a man’s game. Meet two women who are finding opportunity in oil country.
Beth Hafele has a police scanner and a clear view of Williston’s growth.
When a mud pump fell on Richard Karpe’s arm, doctors wanted to amputate. Not so fast, he said.
How one school district is housing teachers in an suddenly expensive small town.
Share a meal at First Lutheran Church in Williston, N.D.
Kitko sings “Frack That Oil” and “The EPA Hates Babies” in this interview.
Tots in a trailer in the oil patch.
Daniel prefers hybrid cars to pickups.
Jessie Veeder reflects on how the oil boom in western North Dakota has affected her hometown.
A trucker misses his family.
A mother-daughter team feed hungry oil workers Mexican food.
What’s it like to ride a school bus in the bustling oil patch? Listen to this story to find out.
The company organizing foreign student visas for oil patch businesses halts program.
For those in the oil patch, “this is the story of your life,” Wes says.
After graduating from high school in Minnesota, they came to the oil patch with big dreams.
“We travel together. We sleep in the same camp. We’re pretty much family.”
Says William Scherf, “You come to work, you can’t do it, you go home.”
This roughneck prefers bow fishing to video games.
Reid came to oil country looking for a job as a dishwasher.
Newly released data from the North Dakota Attorney General’s office shows a fast rise in concealed carry permits so far […]
N.D.’s attorney general says crime in oil country is no worse than elsewhere in the state. But his analysis is missing key data.
How much do oil workers earn? We know.
Forget Cheers. The Sportsman’s Bar is really is the place where everyone knows your name.
James Goeres sells pickup truck stickers from a mobile home. His motto: “Tattoo Your Ride, Not Your Hide.”
Due to a dearth of pipelines, oil companies are moving crude via rail.
Cattle roping at a truck stop parking lot.
Jesse Veeder returned home, experienced the oil boom and wrote a song about it.
Adell Hackworth sells food (and wisdom) in North Dakota’s oil patch.
Selling BBQ to roughnecks in Keene, N.D.
Amtrak’s Empire Builder travels from Chicago to Seattle or Spokane every day, making several stops in North Dakota.
In cities, people express their style any number of ways…
You never know what you might find in the trash.
Roughnecks and other oil field workers make big money. But that money doesn’t come without sacrifice.
“The word is out nationwide that there are jobs in North Dakota.”
What’s not to love about Bobcat John? He’s a burly bear of a man who sells knives to oil workers.
Oil drilling on federal lands may soon happen faster. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announces plans to decrease […]
When you’re working in the oil patch thousands of miles from home, friends are more important than ever. Just ask Kelvin Lacey, Alfredo Cantu and Julio Pulido.
He found work. But housing? That’s a big challenge.
A former LA cop says Watford City traffic is worse than California rush hour.
The local impact of the Bakken boom.