Following a Reveal investigation into worker deaths and injuries in the Bakken oil fields, a top federal workplace safety regulator in North Dakota announced plans for a tougher enforcement strategy intended to hold major energy companies accountable for workplace accidents.
We explore energy production in the United States. From North Dakota to Oklahoma, Texas and Washington, we’ll look at how fracking has opened new realms of oil and gas production – and we’ll examine some of the complex consequences of so-called energy independence.
Reveal took 10 years of Oklahoma earthquake data, translated it into MIDI notes, and ran those notes through a synthesizer to add more musicality. Hear more in our June episode.
After an oil boom in North Dakota, trains are moving more oil than ever. Derailments and explosions have prompted emergency responders to call for more information about oil train traffic but railroad companies mostly have refused, saying that releasing the data would put them at a competitive disadvantage.
Across the Bakken, deeply entrenched corporate practices and weak federal oversight have inoculated energy producers against responsibility when workers are killed or injured, while shifting the blame to others.