After The Oil Boom, How To Avoid the Bust04:44
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Children ride an ATV through a muddy construction area at the edge of a housing development  in Watford City, North Dakota, one of many built during the oil boom. (Andrew Cullen)
Children ride an ATV through a muddy construction area at the edge of a housing development in Watford City, North Dakota, one of many built during the oil boom. (Andrew Cullen)
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Everyone’s heard the story of the oil boom and its ugly twin, the bust. A sleepy community transformed overnight by a wave of rapid growth. Workers flock to the area, sleeping in RVs, hotels and cheaply-built apartments. Eventually, there’s a bust, and locals are left with scores of empty buildings and wondering what happened.

But does it have to end this way? Emily Guerin from Here & Now contributor Inside Energy went to a small town in North Dakota’s Bakken oilfield to find out.

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This segment aired on January 19, 2016.

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