Big Oil, Big Trouble

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New drilling techniques have made the US an oil exporter again: good for the economy; bad for the environment—and a nightmare for local culture. The sleepy town of Williston, North Dakota is one overcrowded boomtown with skyrocketing rents and new levels of violent crime. 18-wheelers are destroying roads built for pickups, wastewater is contaminating farmland and air pollution is causing health problems. When thousands of oil workers live in shipping containers in so-called “man camps,” what’s it like for women?

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Banner Image: An oil pumping unit in Williston, North Dakota; Credit: Lindsey G



Warren Olney