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Oil boom documentary released

BISMARCK -  A Bismarck production company has released a documentary film chronicling the lives of North Dakota residents living with the changes the oil boom has brought.

“This is Our Country: Living With the Wild West Oil Boom” was commissioned by the Dakota Resource Council to feature people “talking about how the chaotic development of the Bakken has affected lives and livelihoods,” said the council’s communications director Sean Arthison.

“There are all the positives of more jobs and oil but what is the day to day like? What is it like to live with this oil?,” said Don Morrison, executive director of DRC. “We really wanted to show what people are thinking and what they are feeling.”

The Dakota Resource Council was formed in 1978 with the goal of protecting natural resources in North Dakota. The film was produced by D&N Cinematics.

Among the residents featured are Don Nelson and his family from McKenzie County. They have dealt with oil and agricultural issues since 1953 when oil was first discovered in northwest North Dakota. Jim and Norma Stenslie also are featured. The Stenslies built their home near New Town in 1969 only to move out of the area because of the “wild west” mentality that came with oil development.

The full film can be watched at or contact the Dakota Resource Council at 701-224-8587.

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