Blaire Briody signs her book The New Wild West: Black Gold, Fracking, and Life in a North Dakota Boomtown

Wed 10/4, 3-4pm:
Blaire Briody signs her book The New Wild West: Black Gold, Fracking, and Life in a North Dakota Boomtown

Williston, North Dakota was a sleepy farm town for generations—until the frackers arrived. The oil companies moved into Williston, overtaking the town and setting off a boom that America hadn’t seen since the Gold Rush. Workers from all over the country descended, chasing jobs that promised them six-figure salaries and demanded no prior experience.

But for every person chasing the American dream, there is a darker side—reports of violence and sexual assault skyrocketed, schools overflowed, and housing prices soared. Real estate is such a hot commodity that tent cities popped up, and many workers’ only option was to live out of their cars. Farmers whose families had tended the land for generations watched, powerless, as their fields were bulldozed to make way for one oil rig after another.

The New Wild West is the definitive account of what’s happening on the ground and what really happens to a community when the energy industry is allowed to set up in a town with little regulation or oversight—and at what cost.

 

Blaire Briody is an award-winning journalist and former editor at The Fiscal Times. She has written for The New York Times, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Fast Company, Glamour, among others. The New Wild West was the 2016 finalist for the Lukas Work-in-Progress Award from Columbia Journalism School and Harvard’s Nieman Foundation, and she received the Richard J. Margolis Award for social justice reporting in 2014. She currently resides in Sonoma County, California.

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Event address: 
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
The New Wild West: Black Gold, Fracking, and Life in a North Dakota Boomtown Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250064929
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - September 26th, 2017