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"Living with the Oil Boom" Film

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A new film shows a "real" life look at living in the Bakken.

The Dakota Resource Council has released a documentary to help share the stories of those living in the heart of the oil boom.

"It was the way America was supposed to be and now come look at it and it's all for oil," says McKenzie County Rancher Don Nelson.

In 27 minutes this film takes you into the backyards of those living in the Bakken. They tell you their stories of what's it's really like living in a changed western North Dakota.

"It's never going to be the same, I think they destroyed some of the most beautiful places there is," says Nelson.

"What people may not know is what it's like to live in the middle of an oil boom, next to a fracking oil rig or a flare that goes out or a pipeline that spills. What's that like on a day to day basis. People that are struggling to live WITH oil development," says Don Morrison Executive Director of Dakota Resources.

The Dakota Resource Council released the film, not with the intent to bash the Bakken, but to make all North Dakotan's aware of how it is impacting those who live in it.

"It's a sense of let down by state government who just doesn't seem to have listened or is as interested in listening to people who live there as drilling as fast as possible," says Morrison.

"It finally dawned on us this isn't working," says Norma Stenslie.

The film shows a retired couple who decided to move out of their Lake Sakakawea home...

Stenslie says, "more than anything we miss the cabin and all it meant to us and to feel it's never going to be that way again."

A McKenzie County Rancher who also owns mineral rights talks about the industrialization of the rugged west...

"The last two years, it's been unbelievable how many they've drilled over there, and the flares you can see dozens of them over there. We are being the sacrificial lambs for the country."

They are stories shared not for pity, but for awareness.

"We are hoping we can change some of the attitudes of some current public officials in ND so they can see what's really going on out there," says Morrison.

Morrison says the Dakota Resource Council plans to push during the next legislative session to address some of the challenges and impacts felt by landowners including flaring and requirements for pipelines.

"What people are saying is whether they are benefiting or not, we've lost something. There are costs that are not being factored in."

The film was produced by a Bismarck production company, the music is also produced locally.

"This is Our Country" can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/82246373

Contact the Dakota Resource Council for a DVD or more information at 701-224-8587.

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