Fracking in the Bakken

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.

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.