Fracking has brought in an influx of oil workers—many of them women—from across the country attracted to the high salaries and burgeoning housing market created to accommodate the surge in residents. The result is the town’s population has nearly doubled in the past 10 years. The city commission passed a record $250 million budget for 2015 on September 9th of this year, up from $53 million in 2012. Photographer Maud Delaflotte spent three weeks photographing women who were either from Williston or migrated there alone or with families to find the jobs. Her essay asks What if this newly discovered, magic answer is flawed? What if the new El Dorado is only a passing mirage?
All photos by Maud Delaflotte/Zoko