Small towns in Montana and North Dakota are booming. Advances in techniques like fracking have led to runaway oil drilling in the Bakken, one of the biggest reserves in North America. The boom has brought in a gusher of money, but loads of problems have come with it. Compelling stories and characters abound in this modern-day wild west, but do falling oil prices mean a bust is on the horizon? BOOMTOWNERS is the story of the rush, the transformations it has wrought, and the lives it has changed forever.
BOOMTOWNERS aired on The Smithsonian Channel.