The face of fracking in North Dakota

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In 2006, Eli Reichman began photographing a ranching community in the fracking fields of western North Dakota. For the last decade, he has documented the cultural and social breakdown of an agricultural community being pressured to compromise in order to stay on land originally homesteaded by their ancestors in the early 1900s.

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Click through to the slide show/article. It ain’t just fracking of course. This is what oil and gas development looks like everywhere, fracking or not. Arable land dies and so does the lifestyle. Roughnecks and drillers move on.

5 thoughts on “The face of fracking in North Dakota

  1. Kip says:

    I have nothing good to say about the oil and coal companies that decimate the land scape, then declare bankruptcy and scamper out of town leaving the taxpayer to clean up the mess. Then again I have nothing good to say about the farmer/rancher who sells the oil companies the mineral right to their property, reap some fat royalty checks, and then complain when the oil prices fall and the companies shut down the wells. You can’t have it both ways.

  2. Update says:

    Over the past decade, more than 9,700 oil wells were drilled in North Dakota, many using hydraulic fracturing and horizontal methods, and a recent study by Duke University mapped 3,900 brine spills at those operations, many of them from leaking pipes. High levels of high levels of ammonium, selenium, lead and other toxic contaminants, along with high salt content were found at the site of the spills. Soils at spill sites also contained radium, a naturally occurring radioactive element found in brines. (Duke University; 04/28/2016)

  3. Vertigo says:

    “Driven by Trump Policy Changes, Fracking Booms on Public Lands : The administration is auctioning off millions of acres of drilling rights and rolling back regulations, raising environmental concerns in states like Wyoming.” (NYT Oct 27, 2018)

  4. p/s says:

    “The shale boom (mining of shale oil and gas) has contributed to an increase of crime rates in US states where 50-60% of the population lives in rural areas. That is West Virginia, North Dakota, and Arkansas. Especially the number of violent crimes has increased. This is the conclusion reached by economists from Ural Federal University (UrFU, Russia) and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (USA). The research results are published in The Extractive Industries and Society.”
    “The fracking boom and crime rates in rural American states: Some critical insights”

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