The Daily Mail has a long article about fracking and how it has become the new gold rush.
As he takes me on a tour of his buzzing little town, mayor Brent Sanford points out the acres of development that have already happened â the giant grocery store, the smart restaurant, the school extension and the endless housing developments.
And he tells me whatâs still to come â a smart new recreation centre, a state-of-the-art hospital, public housing, a day-care centre and even an 18-hole golf course.
Thereâs a new bank, which is essential, as so many local businesses are flourishing and so many more are clamouring to move in.
But itâs not always easy to hear what heâs saying.
His voice is drowned out by the rumble and roar of oil tankers, drilling trucks and the vast articulated lorries carrying waste water, clattering around his roads like an invading army on a never-ending victory parade.
The traffic noise and congestion are a pain, he admits, as are rocketing property prices â and the occasional punch-up as oil men hit town for a hard-earned drink or two.
North Dakotans are a conservative bunch who appreciate the solitude, the wide-open spaces and a simple way of life. Â Read more »