An aerial view of oil fracking and oil trains in the Bakken Formation in western North Dakota

An aerial view of oil fracking and oil trains in the Bakken Formation in western North Dakota
An aerial view of oil fracking and oil trains in the Bakken Formation in western North Dakota

An aerial view of oil fracking and oil trains in the Bakken Formation in western North Dakota
An aerial view of oil fracking and oil trains in the Bakken Formation in western North Dakota

An aerial view of oil fracking and oil trains in the Bakken Formation in western North Dakota
An aerial view of oil fracking and oil trains in the Bakken Formation in western North Dakota

An aerial view of oil fracking and oil trains in the Bakken Formation in western North Dakota
An aerial view of oil fracking and oil trains in the Bakken Formation in western North Dakota

An aerial view of oil fracking and oil trains in the Bakken Formation in western North Dakota
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An aerial view of oil fracking and oil trains in the Bakken Formation in western North Dakota

An aerial view of oil fracking and oil trains in the Bakken Formation in western North Dakota
An aerial view of oil fracking and oil trains in the Bakken Formation in western North Dakota

An aerial view of oil fracking and oil trains in the Bakken Formation in western North Dakota
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An aerial view of oil fracking and oil trains in the Bakken Formation in western North Dakota

An aerial view of oil fracking and oil trains in the Bakken Formation in western North Dakota
An aerial view of oil fracking and oil trains in the Bakken Formation in western North Dakota

An aerial view of oil fracking and oil trains in the Bakken Formation in western North Dakota
An aerial view of oil fracking and oil trains in the Bakken Formation in western North Dakota

An aerial view of oil fracking and oil trains in the Bakken Formation in western North Dakota



The Bakken Formation is a 200,000 square mile region of North Dakota, Montana and Saskatchewan with an enormous subsurface oil reserve. New technologies have opened up vast swaths of land for drilling, turning a once agrarian portion of North America into something very different — forcing people weigh the economic benefits against the environmental and socio-cultural costs of the oil boom.