Missouri Drone Journalism Program
7:30 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Northern states enjoy an oil boom with free Missouri River water [video]

Natural gas burns in a flare near Lake Sakakawea in western North Dakota. Drilling companies in the area often consider the gas a waste product and dispose of it by burning.
Credit Brendan Gibbons, / Missouri Drone Journalism Program

  In North Dakota’s arid badlands, huge tanker trucks rumble along the hundreds of new dirt roads that web the mottled landscape. They roll over slotted metal grates that keep cows from wandering onto drilling pads. A metal sign pockmarked with bullet holes reads, “Little Missouri National Grassland: Land of Many Uses.”

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