Posts Tagged ‘rig’

Oil Country: A View From The Air

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Take a tour of oil country with photographer Ben Garvin.

You may also listen to an interview with Ben on the audio player (above). To view the photos full screen, click on the rectangle in the bottom right-hand corner of one of the photographs.

Photo by Ben Garvin

Ben Garvin's Bakken Aerials

Roughneck Family [video]

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Tait Salzer has been working on a drilling rig for less than a year. Still, he says the guys he works with are family.

Photo and video by Ben Garvin


A Rig Will Make You or Break You [video]

Monday, August 20th, 2012

William Scherf, an oil roughneck, says working on a drilling rig will “make you or break you.” Find out why in this Black Gold Boom video by Ben Garvin.

Correction: The city mentioned at the beginning of this video is Watford City, not Watford. Black Gold Boom regrets the error.

From Worm’s Corner To The Corner Office

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

David Unkenholz works as a trust officer in Watford City, North Dakota. Many of his customers are ranchers with new oil wealth. Before he sported a tie at work, Unkenholz labored on a drilling rig. Well, for a while anyway. He spent one month working the night shift in worm’s corner, the lowest, dirtiest job on a drilling rig. The experience inspired him to enroll at the University of North Dakota, where he earned two degrees, a bachelor’s degree and a law degree.

Audio portrait by Todd Melby

Photo by Todd Melby