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.
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.
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 .
It has given my husband a good paying job as a rig manager.
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.
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.
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!
It isn't so much to love the boom or hate it, more to try to understand it. That isn't so easy to do. How does one understand change? And here it is in North Dakota. Change is not new here, change has been occurring for millenniums. Little more than a hundred years ago there was a vastly different prairie. The prairie that Lewis and Clark came upon in 1804 had enormous herds of buffalo and elk, antelope and deer, and grizzles and wolves. They could not have imagined that a couple hundred years later there would be hundreds of oil wells. The Indians of a short time ago in geological terms were devastated by the change that occurred in a very short time; a whole culture was nearly exterminated and the flora and fauna
Haiku for the ND Prairie...
prairie opens wide
she gives use all we will need
we take for our dream
I came back to my home town and found it to be something out of the Twilight Zone. I can't say that what I experienced was bad. There seems to be a great ethnic diversity that I had neaver dreamed I would see in Williston. After moving away from my home town, I've found that this type of diversity is what made some of the other cities I've lived in great. I hope the boom will last and that Williston, along with the giant oil companies, will make this little town into a good place to visit. I vote that Todd should spend a day in Worm's Corner with the camera and recorder!
It is an open book with a blank page and anyone can go there to write their own story. My husband and his friend are there reaching out to the new comers and home grown North Dakotans through amazing food and a real love for people and the spirit of entrepreneurship! Check them out at (at the "Rolling Stove" in Dickinson) No time like the present to take a risk!
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 email@example.com I would love to hear from you.
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
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.
The "boom" SUCKS and everyone knows it.
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.
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.
Absolutely hate it. ND will never be the same!
Even way down here in south central North Dakota, the impact of the boom is causing our property taxes to increase. Land values are soaring despite the absence of accessible oil. We have a beautiful piece of land and do NOT wish to be forced to sell because of a 'perceived' value having absolutely nothing to do with reality.
The BGB took my baby away.
Hate is a rather harsh word, perhaps "dislike" would be more fitting. Change is what makes the world go 'round, but it would be nice if the pace of the current change were a bit slower. What I like most about ND is the open spaces, clean air and lack of people. All those are changing in a negative way with the oil boom.