"Dark Side of the Boom"

"North Dakota’s oil rush brings cash and promise to reservation, along with drug-fueled crime"

"FORT BERTHOLD INDIAN RESERVATION, N.D. — In just five years, the Bakken formation in North Dakota has gone from producing about 200,000 barrels to 1.1 million barrels of oil a day, making North Dakota the No. 2 oil-producing state, behind Texas, and luring thousands of workers from around the country.

But there is a dark side to the multibillion-dollar boom in the oil fields, which stretch across western North Dakota into Montana and part of Canada. The arrival of highly paid oil workers living in sprawling “man camps” with limited spending opportunities has led to a crime wave -- including murders, aggravated assaults, rapes, human trafficking and robberies -- fueled by a huge market for illegal drugs, primarily heroin and methamphetamine.

Especially hard-hit are the Indian lands at the heart of the Bakken."

Sari Horwitz reports for the Washington Post September 28, 2014.

Source: Wash Post, 09/29/2014