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The North Dakota Oil Fracking Boom Creates Clash of Money and Devastation

This is a story about one tribal nation grappling with the stresses of life during oil time - housing, traffic, crime, crowds, their quality of life.

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These days she avoid Main Street unless absolutely necessary. Driving home still means running a gauntlet of road construction on Route 23, dubbed “suicide road.” But she’s philosophical about it: At least she still gets to overlook the meditative waters of Lake Sakakawea. If the sewer and water systems hold up, she said, “I may never leave my home again.”

 

Evelyn Nieves has been a reporter for both the New York Times and Washington Post. She is a freelance writer living in San Francisco.

 
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