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The New Wild West
The New Wild West: Black Gold, Fracking, and Life in a North Dakota Boomtown | Blaire Briody
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Williston, North Dakota was a sleepy farm town for generationsuntil the frackers arrived. The oil companies moved into Williston, overtaking the town and setting off a boom that America hadnt seen since the Gold Rush. Workers from all over the country descended, chasing jobs that promised them six-figure salaries and demanded no prior experience. But for every person chasing the American dream, there is a darker sidereports of violence and sexual assault skyrocketed, schools overflowed, and housing prices soared. Real estate is such a hot commodity that tent cities popped up, and many workers only option was to live out of their cars. Farmers whose families had tended the land for generations watched, powerless, as their fields were bulldozed to make way for one oil rig after another. Using a mix of first-person adventure and cultural analysis, Blaire Briody's The New Wild West is the definitive account of whats happening on the ground and what really happens to a community when the energy industry is allowed to set up in a town with little regulation or oversightand at what cost.
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Bookwormjillk
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During the oil boom years in Williston, ND Blaire Briody immersed herself in the everyday lives of oil workers and their families. This was a great book. #NFN21

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Bookwormjillk
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Catching up on #NFN21 after a weekend camping with my son‘s scout troop. Loved the scenery and spending time with the kids, but didn‘t have a ton of time for reading. Back at it today!

Today I leaned (from Friday)- North Dakota has more wildlife preserves than any other state. (From the tagged book.)

rsteve388 Hey that is cool! 6mo
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C.Perone
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Trying to read but the view keeps distracting me 🤩

readordierachel Wow 😍 3y
C.Perone @readordierachel Right?! Didn't move from that spot for hours😊 3y
readordierachel I don't blame you! 3y
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bookandbedandtea That's pretty! Looks kinda familiar too. 🤔 3y
C.Perone @bookandbedandtea As it should 😉😁 3y
bookandbedandtea @C.Perone 😁 Is this another visit or are you making it permanent? 3y
C.Perone @bookandbedandtea Another visit to look at houses 😁 3y
bookandbedandtea @C.Perone Good luck! 🤞 3y
C.Perone @bookandbedandtea Thank you☺️ 3y
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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 4! In the vein of Ted Conover and Jon Krakauer, this is the story of Williston, North Dakota. A quiet little farming town that became a boom town overnight when the fracking industry came around. People came to make their fortunes, and the town watched as violence skyrocketed, schools overflowed, and housing prices soared. This is a first-person narrative with cultural analysis. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

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Kelly
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First nonfiction read of the year.

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