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  • Fractured: North Dakota's Oil Boom

    The High Broken Ash — Part III

    February 28, 2013   |   By Terry Evans & Elizabeth Farnsworth

    June 2011 Cloud shadows move slowly across the green prairie behind Terry as she photographs Kevin Davis on the deck of his unfinished home on Ash Coulee Ranch. In his spare time after work, Kevin is building a 1,800 square foot house on a bluff overlooking the White Earth Valley. Occasionally his father or another... View Post

  • Fractured: North Dakota's Oil Boom

    The High Broken Ash — Part II

    February 20, 2013   |   By Terry Evans & Elizabeth Farnsworth

    June 2011 (continued) Terry and I stand in silence above the oil pad cut from native prairie on the Ash Coulee Ranch in the White Earth Valley of North Dakota. It’s our first close look at the industrialization of sparsely populated, rural land caused by the oil boom. The industry – drilling, fracking, transporting, pumping,... View Post

  • Fractured: North Dakota's Oil Boom

    Faces and Stories

    February 14, 2013   |   By Terry Evans & Elizabeth Farnsworth

    It has been a slow and sometimes frustrating process to figure out how to photograph this huge story of upheaval and contradictions on the North Dakota prairie. I have wanted my pictures to be more than reportage. I’ve wanted them to contain the poetry and drama of the layers of history, the expeditions of Lewis... View Post

  • Fractured: North Dakota's Oil Boom

    The High Broken Ash — Part I

    February 14, 2013   |   By Terry Evans & Elizabeth Farnsworth

    June 2011 Before leaving for our first trip to Williston, epicenter of the North Dakota oil boom, I find a book-length poem by Thomas McGrath, “Letter to an Imaginary Friend,” to use as a charm against friends and family who disparage the state as boring, fly-over country. “There’s nothing up there,” some have said. “Why... View Post

  • Fractured: North Dakota's Oil Boom

    Dakota is Everywhere

    February 7, 2013   |   By Terry Evans & Elizabeth Farnsworth

    November 2012 Fog blankets Williston this morning as wet snow falls. Through a dirty hotel window I can just make out heavy trucks traveling east and west, even in this weather, to service oil wells along Highway 2. The four lane strip ties together much of the Williston Basin, a 300,000 square mile depression that... View Post


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