Black Gold Boom: How Oil Changed North Dakota

gold boomNote: at the Digital Canopy we’re always on the hunt for examples of great digital journalism, like the Black Gold Boom.

When someone says “growing up in the heartland,” what comes to mind? Church picnics and county fairs? Small town life? Long empty roads dissecting farmland?
Well, the times are quickly changing.

N. Dakota native Todd Melby shows us how the fracking industry has turned quiet roads into polluted thruways, jammed 24/7 with oil trucks and heavy machinery, and small towns into truck stops.

Melby, a radio reporter turned multimedia journalist, shows us how communities and cultures change when the Black Gold Boom comes to town. Black Gold Boom

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