Falling Oil Prices Have North Dakota Migrants Rethinking The Boom

January 14, 2015

A year ago, as part of our series on the Great Plains oil rush, we brought you the story of a 36-year-old father who had recently lost his job when one of the last major timber mills in the Northwest shut down. After several years struggling to find steady work and even after going back to school, Rory Richardson decided to commute 550 miles from his home in far western Montana, to a place where jobs are plentiful – the oil fields of North Dakota. But after a little more than a year, he and his family have decided the toll is just too great.

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