Todd Melby is a North Dakota-based reporter covering the oil boom for public media project Black Gold Boom: How Oil Changed North Dakota.


Features by Todd Melby

In North Dakota, making ribs for roughnecks

All sorts of people have moved to North Dakota to take jobs in the oil fields.
Posted In: Black Gold Boom, North Dakota

In oil boom, happy to drive a truck by day, a cab by night

Elsie Ejismekwu is happy to have two driving jobs in the North Dakota oil fields as she starts her life over.
Posted In: Black Gold Boom, North Dakota, employment

North Dakota's oil boom keeps ambulance services on the run

Dangerous work and long hours combine for a lot of oil-field injuries. Small-town ambulance crews have their hands full.
Posted In: oil boom, North Dakota

Working an oil rig will make a man of you

Tait Salzer moved to North Dakota to get in on the state's oil boom. He works an oil rig.
Posted In: Black Gold Boom, North Dakota, Oil

Surrounded by wolves in a North Dakota oil town

A young woman takes action to feel safe in an oil boomtown filled with lonely and sometimes aggressive men.
Posted In: Black Gold Boom, North Dakota

Oil-boom sprawl swallows a North Dakota city

The oil industry and the thousands of workers it's attracted have swallowed up communities like Williston, N.D., where neighborhoods on the edge of town now feel like they're in the center.
Posted In: Black Gold Boom, North Dakota

Not everyone in oil-boom country finds what they want

The oil boom in North Dakota has attracted tens of thousands of people looking for work. There are a lot of jobs, but it's not a boom for everyone.
Posted In: Black Gold Boom, North Dakota

Seeing opportunity in North Dakota's oil boom

Daniel Brock was happily teaching. Then he heard about jobs in the oil fields of North Dakota. Now he's happily working there.
Posted In: Black Gold Boom, North Dakota, Oil

The oil boom: Born to be a roughneck

Richard Karpe had his first roughneck job at age 11, on a rig run by his stepfather. He talks about the roughneck life and its hazards.
Posted In: Oil, North Dakota, Black Gold Boom

The oil boom: Making a living off the workers

In any mining boom, some people are there to work in it, others are there to supply them. Need a knife in Williston, N.D.? Talk to Bobcat John.
Posted In: North Dakota, Oil, Black Gold Boom


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