North Dakota


A pumpjack stands on the North Dakota prairie. The number of drilling rigs in the Bakken oil field has fallen to a six-year low, eliminating a lot of jobs servicing the rigs.

In oil glut, fewer oil rigs mean less work

Aug 21, 2015
Steve Brown started his Bakken water-hauling business during the field's peak .
Posted In: North Dakota, Oil, Bakken

An oil-worker family vows to make North Dakota home

Aug 4, 2015
Kendra Hill saw only dust when she looked up her future home on Google Maps. Now there's a town there.
Posted In: North Dakota, Oil, oil boom
Don Williams moved to North Dakota three years ago for a job supplying fracking sand to drilling sites in the booming Bakken oil field. He hopes the fall off in activity because of depressed oil prices will make businesses that serve oil workers like him

Looking for the bright side in Bakken's bust

Jul 29, 2015
North Dakota oil worker has had enough of the area's greed.
Posted In: North Dakota, Oil, Unemployment

Lawyers find success in the Bakken

Jul 16, 2015
The booming population of young men is helping fuel the need for attorneys.
Posted In: North Dakota, lawyers, rural

North Dakota oil town: Is it a bust or a slowdown?

Jun 3, 2015
Some developers are pushing ahead in Williston despite lower prices per barrel.
Posted In: Williston, North Dakota, Bakken, oil prices, oil boom
Brian Way, a U-Haul store manager, said the rental facility in Williston, N.D. had more customers leaving town than arriving. Way now works at a U-Haul in Fargo, N.D.

The oil economy, as measured in hot dogs and U-Hauls

May 25, 2015
What unusual metrics tell us about North Dakota.
Posted In: North Dakota, Bakken, oil boom
David Brown, vice president for operations at Capital Lodge.

Oil downturn takes men out of 'man camps'

May 12, 2015
Housing planned during North Dakota's oil boom is now short on occupants.
Posted In: Bakken, oil rigs, oil drilling, oil prices, North Dakota, Williston, mancamps
Apryl Boyce was one oil worker who fell victim to shortened hours.

Quitting the Bakken: one oil worker walks away

Mar 23, 2015
With hours cut, work in the Bakken oil fields don't seem worth it to one worker.
Posted In: oil industry, colorado, disappearing jobs, North Dakota
An oil well in North Dakota.

Pipeline spill exposes a fracking cost

Jan 22, 2015
Wastewater spill is a huge reminder that fracking generates contaminated water.
Posted In: pipeline, fracking, North Dakota

With oil prices down, small companies feel the squeeze

Jan 14, 2015
When oil prices drop, size and location matter to the survival of oil companies.
Posted In: crude oil, fracking, North Dakota