Fracked Up: The Boom of the Century, RV Armies, Exploding Meth Labs, Parking Lot Rape and All

Abby Zimet

An up-close look at the roughnecks, puffnecks, strippers, truck drivers, lap dancers, man camps, meth labs, doubled housing prices, $25-an-hour waitresses and other gritty elements of the "new Big Rock Candy Mountain" that is Williston, North Dakota, just north of Deadwood, and other Gold Rush towns along the oil-rich Bakken formation now undergoing a fracking boom that, depending on your perspective, is either "history in the making" or a  spectacle that "brings out the assholes of the earth.” About 1,800 hydraulic fracturing wells a year, or four every square mile, are being drilled along the formation - and like every other boom that's come and gone, nobody's looking past the next well.

 "This is either the Badlands made good or a good time gone bad, once the next bust inevitably arrives."

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