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  • Fractured: North Dakota's Oil Boom

    Where Will the Prairie Chickens Dance?

    April 17, 2013   |   By Terry Evans & Elizabeth Farnsworth

    I’m eavesdropping this morning on a Dakota Resource Council conference call – with permission. Members of the DRC oil and gas task force are discussing their agenda for the coming weeks. Ten people are on the line, sharing information and deciding who will testify about pending legislation in committee hearings in Bismarck. DRC Director Don... View Post

  • Fractured: North Dakota's Oil Boom

    Lynn Helms on the Oil Boom: “It is a world game-changer.”

    April 10, 2013   |   By Terry Evans & Elizabeth Farnsworth

    Introduction: Lynn Helms worked for Texaco and Amerada Hess (now Hess Corporation) before becoming North Dakota’s chief oil and gas regulator in 1998. He is Director of the Department of Mineral Resources of the North Dakota Industrial Commission. Terry Evans photographed – and I interviewed – him in Bismarck on August 31, 2012. Updates to... View Post

  • Fractured: North Dakota's Oil Boom

    Who Will Take Responsibility?

    April 3, 2013   |   By Terry Evans & Elizabeth Farnsworth

    May 2012 The word “sacrament” comes to mind as Terry and I drive into Brenda and Richard Jorgenson’s Box J Ranch north of Tioga on a chilly spring afternoon. A sacrament is an outward sign of invisible, inward grace, and that’s how the Jorgensons see the landscape surrounding us now. They run 100 Black Angus... View Post