July 28, 2014
Sarah Christianson's photographic essay entitled When the Landscape is Quiet Again on the oil boom is underway in the Williston Basin in North Dakota. This boom is fueled by new horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing techniques, and oil companies are working at breakneck speeds to drill 48,000 new wells in my home state. This has brought a stream of revenue, people, and jobs to this historically economically depressed region.
Sarah Christianson, Well site carved out of bluffs near the Badlands, from the series When the Landscape is Quiet Again
She says that experts anticipate that drilling will continue for the next few decades, but no one knows for sure when the industry will pull out.
Sarah Christianson,Saltwater pipeline spill, Murex Petroleum Corp., near Antler, from the series When the Landscape is Quiet Again
The project examines how the scars from previous booms are healing, what new wounds are being inflicted, and who is safeguarding the land in order to answer the question on everyone’s mind: what will locals be left with this time—when the landscape is quiet again?