American oil production dramatically increased in the early 2000s thanks to fracking, which made a remote corner of North Dakota one of the nation’s most productive oil regions. Journalist Maya Rao traveled there to research this modern gold rush and to learn how it affected people, the local economy and the environment. Through colorful stories, she details the struggles of out-of-state workers, longtime residents, officials and investors as the Bakken oil boom crested and waned. Her entertaining saga reveals an important economic story that continues to unfold.
About the Author
Maya Rao is a staff writer at the Washington, DC, bureau of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She has also written for The Atlantic, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Awl website and Longreads.
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2 weeks agoLove it when people write about things they have no clue about and do not understand.