Our quality assurance manager, Craig Talbot, graduated from University in North Dakota on a scholarship. In 2011 Craig flew down to Williston to attend the wedding of a college friend. When he returned from the trip, he filled us in on the buzz around their enormous oil reserves, and the massive wealth that went along with their discovery and output. It seemed that many people he spoke with were genuinely excited about opportunities to be had.
If you are someone who stays tuned to developments in North America’s oil and gas exploration and production trends, it is hard to ignore the enormous growth that the industry is seeing in North Dakota since 2008. Currently, in 2013, there are up to 20 million barrels of oil being produced and shipped from the region each day, putting one of the least-densely populated parts of the US on par with South Texas for oil production.
This relatively sudden surge in available and lucrative employment has drawn people from all over and driven a much needed boom in housing development, as well as other large investment in key infrastructure. Families are still arriving on a daily basis, and many are put up in temporary housing as the area struggles to keep pace with the demands that come along with a thriving energy sector.
The 30 photographs contained in the below article from the atlantic.com give us an impression of the scale of what is happening and the people who are a part of it.
click here to see photographs —->North Dakota’s Oil Boom <—- click here to see photographs
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