Aug. 3, 2012 – Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline gathered in Spalding, Neb., for a cookout to thank state senator Ken Haar for his work to reroute the pipeline away from Nebraska’s Sand Hills and portions of the Ogallala Aquifer. But in spite of this reroute, many of the Nebraskans at this event do not want to see the pipeline built at all. (Whitney Shefte/The Washington Post)
South Dakota rancher John Harter tried to stop TransCanada from securing the right of eminent domain over his land where they want to put part of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, but Harter recently lost his battle in court.
The economy is booming in western North Dakota thanks to oil that is being extracted from a geological formation called the Bakken. People from across the country have flocked to the state to fill jobs in the oil industry. But new housing is not being built fast enough to keep up with this growth, making it difficult for newcomers to find affordable places to live. Longtime residents and landowners in the area also face challenges including possible displacement and the presence of oil companies on their land.
Kenny Clark, a resident of Loring, Mont., talks about life in and near his sparsely populated town and shares what he thinks of the proposed expansion of the Keystone pipeline.
Fort McMurray, Alberta is the epicenter of oil sands mining and people from around the world have flocked there to find jobs. But the city’s rapid population growth has put a strain on the city’s infrastructure. High wages have inflated the cost of living and some struggle to manage the money they make. Some people spend too much on entertainment or get caught up in drug use. Others, though, have found success and are building new lives in Fort McMurray.