How is the boom affecting you?

Do you love the boom? Or do you hate the boom? Are you making more money because of the oil boom? Or is your home town changing in ways you don't like? We want to know how North Dakota's oil boom is affecting you. Tell us your story.



I Love the boom because

I'm hauling crude oil in the northwest oil fields of North Dakota. I enjoy the beautiful scenery & the rare wildlife I see every day on the prairies. It's a great paying job but at the same time you realize that this boom will devastate the landscepe & its habitat ... eventually.

May 11th, 2015 | Respond
 

i hate it the places i grew up are being destroyed for greed!

February 17th, 2014 | Respond
 

I love it its made my life better financially. My wife gets more time with the kids and they're here with me supporting them.

February 9th, 2014 | Respond
 

It has helped the whole nation in the midst of a recession and I will proudly pay twice as much for the cost of living to work here and avoid my family the embarassement of bieng denied assistance for food stamps because of our potential or past income. The whole country should learn from example of what's happening in Montana and North Dakota. It's pretty obvious that we are perfectly capable of sustaining our reserves and resources while maintaining and creating jobs for generations.

March 28th, 2013 | Respond
 

The boom changed my life for the better and my family. I wish my father could have seen it. He knew their was oil under our land. And it did change our little town .

January 31st, 2013 | Respond
 

It has given my husband a good paying job as a rig manager.

December 8th, 2012 | Respond
 

For the first time in our married life my husband and I are able to survive and be comfortable. I am able to stay home with my kids and I love that.

October 3rd, 2012 | Respond
 

it's an ecological disaster both short and long term. The jobs won't last and these workers lives will be shortened. It is wrong headed and backward thinking , not good or fair for America. It destroys towns and families. A very few will get very rich and oil prices will not go down.

September 11th, 2012 | Respond
 

Opportunity!

August 12th, 2012 | Respond
 

Ah, yes, I drove across the ND prairie last weekend and it was so beautiful that it was hard to describe. The crops are magnificent and I stood in wheat up to my waist. There were all these little pot-hole ponds and sloughs and relics of days gone by in old school houses and old Lutheran churches and old homesteads, abandoned now and moldering into beautiful shades of gray and brown. I took my camera and photographed them, for soon they will all be gone. Another time has come and change is in the wind and in the dust of hundreds of trucks hauling supplies to oil rigs...change has come again to North Dakota.

The prairie has been changing for eons and once was not even a prairie, but an inland sea. There weren't any domestic animals such as you see now of black and red Angus cooling off in the ponds on a hundred-degree day. They were huge and dinasourous in those days. And in the Lewis and Clark days they were buffalo further than you could see and elk and antelope and deer and grizzly bears and wolves and a fantastic people that made their living from these things and had a whole culture and world as much loved as we love North Dakota now. Then came the settlers and the little farms and school houses and churches and small towns and cows grazing all across the prairie and other people with hopes and dreams, what we know of North Dakota in recent past. I imagine they thought it would last forever and hoped it would. But then the homestead farm didn't last either and the little towns emptied out and all those sentinels of a hopeful past are moldering now in moss and lichen and overgrown shelter belts and leaning at absurd angles and falling down and rotting in the earth.

I think we must listen up and although I do not know what we should hear, can we really love or hate this change? Or are we called to embrace it somehow without understanding it necessarily?; it is here anyway! Is there good that comes to many with employment and new people coming to the prairie? Perhaps they will learn to love it as the predecessors have. And although a disregard and hemorrhage happens to the old way of life that will never be again, little sleepy towns and old farmsteads gone, a new and vigorous life arrives and the old gives way to the new in unprecedented creativity and possibilities.

Such it seems is this prairie that I love so well and like so many others can find no beauty in an oil well site or burning flares that shut out the star light, or hundreds of trucks tearing up the roads. I'm leaning at absurd angles these days and moldering into shades of gray and brown. If only I can catch a moment in the camera of what once was before it is all gone, then good for this generation and my soul. But for a New North Dakota, an ever-changing prairie, a New Soul and New Life has begun!

July 24th, 2012 | Respond
 

I Hate the boom because

How can pouring 80,000+ gallons of chemicals (containing know carcinogens) into one well be safe for drinking water? It was alarming to learn that this is what fracking is all about. The people of ND are going to pay big time for allowing thousands of wells to be fracked in western ND. The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa are working hard to protect our water from this horrid process. Our government passed a law banning fracking on our reservation in November 2011. Our ancestors told us to be diligent and always protect our water because someday we will have the only drinking water that is not contaminated. Somehow, they knew fracking was coming. The sad part in all of this is that the big oil companies are the only ones who will benefit from ND's oil. The people who think they are benefiting now will pay with their health, and the contamination of their homeland will ruin their quality of life. The people who contaminate our land and water don't live here and don't drink our water. They live in their resort homes far away. It is time for our legislators to take control of the oil boom. Take it out of the hands of the governor and the Industrial Commission and put laws in place that protect the people. This is not a political opportunity for a few. It is a crises for all of us, if we continue to allow the process to put our future in jeopardy.

October 1st, 2014 | Respond
 

I want to caution any worker that is going to North Dakota to get short term and long term disability before you go there. I was eligible for both through my work, but I got called out to work when I was filling out the paper work. I did not turn it in. Fracking chemicals and H2S Gas will ruin your life. I have permanent lung and heart injuries. I can't concentrate, my memory is sporadic. My fingernails are now clubbed. I am loosing my hearing now a year and a half after I left. North Dakota Workforce Safety is a joke. They are suppose to protect workers. Only thing protected so far is the employers. They will deny everything when the truth is in there face. They are in control of everything. They are the insurance company, the adjusters, the courts, the appeals courts etc... You are not guaranteed medical care. You are guaranteed that you will be given the run around. Google. ND workers comp complaints. They have been caught lying and cheating workers, but nothing has changed. You cannot get an attorney to help without paying 5k dollars. It's a game and you are the Monopoly piece getting moved around. If you are a truck driver, do not idle your truck close to oil well sites. The H2S stays by the ground. It will be pulled up to your HVAC system. If you do go, just be aware that you may never be the same. If I cough or laugh I black out. If I do anything I am out of breathe.

May 12th, 2014 | Respond
 

The boom has made ND a lawless state. Environmental laws, Personal Property laws, and DOT laws are violated with impunity. ND has sold out to the oil giants. Several trucking companies and their drivers are blatantly violating the DOT Hours of Service Rules. Some companies force their drivers to run with complete disregard for DOT and FMCSA laws, rules and regulations, thereby threatening the safety and well being of their drivers and the general traveling public. The Hours of Service Rules were put in effect from preventing tired/fatigued drivers to operate their vehicles for everyone's safety. Other companies, just turn a blind eye when drivers violate the rules as long as their Driver Logs look good. The ND DOT is sleeping. All the weigh scales are closed and nobody is checking/enforcing the law because in the end the oil drilling/fracking companies benefit from lower rates from the trucking companies.

February 6th, 2014 | Respond
 

... my grandson said he was going there and I haven't heard from him since. He's a person who always called his mother on her birthday and he missed Thanksgiving too. I heard on the radio about people working long hours, getting over tired, getting injured. I wonder what happened to him and if he's OK. And I don't know how to even begin looking for him.

December 14th, 2013 | Respond
 

North Dakota boom has affected me in a sad way, my husband went there in 2011 to work to help with getting things set up for our retirement days and it didn't work out that way, instead he came home after a year and half with the long term brain damage from the H2S exposure and it hasn't been a easy road for him and it is sad to know there really isn't any type of cure, he will be health damaged for the rest of his life and they are not taught up there about the long term or do they use the prevention to keep it from happening. No money in the world is worth seeing him suffer on a daily basis from this. The sad part is that probably many up there is suffering from signs of this and can't get a diagnosis to what is happening to them because there really isn't any medical test that will show this H2S exposure in your body after about 45 hours of being exposed and by that time all you can do is wonder why your having syncope spells on a daily or weekly basis. Luckily after about a year after he came home we did find a enviromentalist specialist that can detect this thru testing and now my husband is doing a lot better since going to this doctor but will never be able to do the things he use to do and also faced with every day if he will be able to walk that day when he gets up. This is a sad thing. So if anyone would like to like to contact me or have concerns I would love to hear from you because if I can help someone get help sooner and maybe not let them get to the point my husband is at, that is my goal. I have spent many hours researching this due to no medical doctor could never diagnose him because there isn't a test that will show the damage this has done. Please contact me a terridarri2003@aol.com I would love to hear from you.

October 2nd, 2013 | Respond
 

This week's programming has really shook me to the core. For nearly two years now I have witnessed the essential rape of our state and it's people by the unchecked greed that manifests itself in the oil patch of ND. The reporting on Code Blue has been riveting....all four have brought a truth to the listeners of what is really going on. Here is food for thought....today ND touted how well it monitors the coal mining industry and fined a company 1000 for some spilled earth on the grass. Meanwhile in the western part of the state we have radioactive filters in dumpsters behind hotels, we have effluent from the drilling sites being dumped without being mixed with stabilizer to prevent them from leaching into the soil around the waste pit....the violations go on and on...yet the number of inspectors is sorrowfully slim, and our state legislators could really give a damn. Their greed is even more disturbing.... As a final note...I have not been a NPR supporter financially before, but the next fund raising drive will see my name on the roster as a contributor. Well done....sadly. Dr. Carmelita Lamb

September 14th, 2013 | Respond
 

It's pretty sad when a person who was born here 40 years ago has to give up his life that he has known all his life because rent went from $300 a month to $1800, has to move out of the place where he was raised just to move into a camper where rent went from $285 to $900 and only has water 4 months out of the year just because he dosn't work for an oil company, yet everyone relies on the services he offers to the community.

April 28th, 2013 | Respond
 

The "boom" SUCKS and everyone knows it.

April 14th, 2013 | Respond
 

The trash that has came here. They are a bunch of slobs. Throw their garbage everywhere, commiting all the crimes, and they call Williston a wasteland. Well, it wasn't till they got here. Take your trash and go back to your own home.

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April 14th, 2013 | Respond
 

Y'all can build this by yourself. I just wish I'd have bought a thousand acres here 5 yrs ago and fired everybody from Hettinger.

March 28th, 2013 | Respond