Follow the links in this Herald article to get to a most excellent National Geographic article on the North Dakota oil fields. A few years ago, National Geographic wrote on the emptying of North Dakota's farm country. It was an accurate article, but because it didn't include the Chamber of Commerce booster points, it was greeted with anger by the more defensive North Dakotans. This article is just as good, and gives a detailed and enlightening account of conditions on the oil field.
Can we not face the notion that most things are simultaneously good and bad? The economic boom helps people make money, but the environmental and social impact of oil development is a disaster. Why hide the downside?