The Bakken

The edited collection The Bakken Goes Boom is now available. Free download from The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota

Western North Dakota sits on top of a very large oil reserve known as the Bakken formation. Because of the Bakken, North Dakota’s economy has thrived in the past few years, even while the economy of the rest of the country – and the rest of the world – has suffered. People have flocked to the rural state, and towns have grown quickly. Towns like Williston that used to have 12,000 people suddenly have 30,000. Long-time residents have had to figure out how to deal with the newcomers, while people new to the area have had to learn about their new communities.

This site is devoted to the changes taking place western North Dakota. It is part of a collaborative project undertaken by faculty members at the University of North Dakota. Its purpose is to help new people understand North Dakota, and to help North Dakotans understand the changes their state is undergoing. It’s meant to engage a wide range of people affected by the boom – residents, newcomers, scholars, political and business leaders, and even people outside the state who want to understand what’s going on.

So far, this project has two parts. The first is an edited volume written by scholars and community-members, published in Spring 2016. The second is a graduate seminar in communication held during the spring 2014 semester.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please contact us.

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