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

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

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

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

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

How to blow off steam – and the driver next to you

Some oil boomtown pickup truck owners make a statement by "rolling coal."
Posted In: trucks, big oil, North Dakota

Phil Hamm's no billionaire, but he's got something to say about oil

Billionaire Harold Hamm is a leading oil man. Phil Hamm - he's a different story
Posted In: Black Gold Boom, North Dakota

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


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