Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking)

8:00am

Thu January 10, 2013

6:00am

Thu January 10, 2013
Oil and Gas

Why You Need An Explosives Bunker For Fracking

A screenshot from the GeoDynamics company website
perf.com

A bunker for housing explosives for fracking has been proposed for a site outside of Nunn. If built it will have the capacity to hold 7,000 pounds of prepackaged explosives.

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1:27am

Thu January 10, 2013
Planet Money

The North Dakota Town Where A One-Bedroom Apartment Rents For $2,100 A Month

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 1:04 pm

Yours, for $2,100 a month
Josh Marston

A plain, one-bedroom apartment in Williston, N.D., rents for $2,100 a month. For this price, you could rent a one-bedroom apartment in New York City.

Williston is not New York City. There are 30,000 residents and one department store. The nearest city is two hours away.

Rents are so high in Williston because the town is in the middle of an oil boom. Unemployment is below 1 percent, and workers are flooding into town.

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5:00am

Wed January 9, 2013

2:03pm

Tue January 8, 2013
Planet Money

Episode 428: Turning A Boom Town Into A Real Town

Originally published on Sat January 12, 2013 9:53 am

Coming soon: A town.
Joshua Marston NPR
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Williston, North Dakota is in the middle of an oil boom. Thousands of workers have flooded into the town, but they're reluctant to call it home. Instead, they live in bleak rentals, often sleeping in dorm-like trailers known as "man camps."

Local officials are trying to turn Williston into a real town, where people want to bring their families. But it's a tough sell.

On today's show, we visit Williston, and we learn why one guy endures a thousand-mile commute, why a one-bedroom apartment costs $2100 a month, and why the town is building an indoor lazy river.

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