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Welcome To The Boomtown: Life In Frack-Land

Lindsey G, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44776359

Fracking for oil and gas in the United States has proven highly profitable and productive.  But it's not like everyone involved is getting rich and happy. 

Witness the epicenter of the oil boom in the Dakotas: Williston, North Dakota.  Its population exploded with oil workers, stressing the housing market and schools and many more community elements. 

This is the story Blaire Briody tells in The New Wild West: Black Gold, Fracking, and Life in a North Dakota Boomtown.  The book tracks the people who lived in the area before the boom, and the people who came to make the boom.  The author visits with details. 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.
April Ehrlich is an editor and reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Previously, she was a news host and reporter at Jefferson Public Radio.