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The oil industry comes at great cost

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North Dakota is on a euphoric high, with the oil industry pouring billions of dollars into the state treasury, mineral owners’ pockets and business ledgers. Western towns once written off as dead have sprung to life.

The state has gained world-wide importance, on course to churn out a million barrels a day, passing up all other oil-rich states except Texas.

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Lloyd Omdahl
Omdahl is former North Dakota lieutenant governor and a retired University of North Dakota political science teacher.
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