Journalist documents 'black gold' oil boom in N.D.

The oil boom in North Dakota can be seen from space. Recent satellite images have captured the light at night from the oil fields. It's the gold rush of our times.

Journalist and North Dakota-native Todd Melby has essentially moved back to Williston, N.D., to document what he calls the "black gold boom." His work has been featured on Marketplace, and is showcased on Black Gold Boom.

Black Gold Boom is a project of Prairie Public, Localore and the Association of Independents in Radio.

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