Big Oil, Big Problems

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Because of the oil-drilling technique called fracking, North Dakota’s Bakken shale formation is producing more than a million barrels a day.

Laura Gottesdeiner is an independent reporter who spent a month in Williston—once a sleepy agricultural town of 12,000 people, now three times larger and still growing fast. On the website, her article was called, “Adrift in Oil Country.” It was republished in Mother Jones magazine.