: Rising oil and gas prices have brought big oil, plenty of workers and lots of housing headaches to the nation's fastest-growing boomtowns. More
The Salvation Army in the oil boomtown of Williston, N.D., is helping homeless job seekers by buying them a one-way ticket home.
A rare earth mine proposed near Sundance, Wyo., could change both the small town and the China-dominated trade.
Water is a precious resource in the farm country of southern Kansas - for oil drilling as well as farming. The oil boom has set off a war for access to water, which is a key ingredient in fracking.
An oil boom coupled with a drought makes water a precious commodity in southern Kansas.
It's not just oil that's turning Kansas' rural communities into America's latest boomtowns.
Leon Zoglman of southern Kansas gets monthly payments for the 12 wind turbines and numerous oil wells on his property.
Enterprising residents are renting out everything from double-wide trailers to rooms in an old bank for as much as $2,000 a month.
From renting out dumpsters to opening a gourmet food truck, these 7 entrepreneurs launched businesses in Kansas and North Dakota boomtowns.
Locals brace for impact as both the oil and wind industries move hundreds of jobs, and plenty of cash, to Harper County Kansas.
Working in the oil industry can be exhausting, risky and lonely. But for these seven people, the high pay -- often in the six-figures -- and the thrill of chasing booms across the country is worth it.
In Harper County, Kan., oil companies are offering farmers up to $1,250 an acre for the mineral rights that allow them to drill for oil on their property.
Multiple tornados touched down in southern Kansas on May 19 destroying a home, shredding wind turbines and knocking over oil tanks.
Quiet Kansas farm towns are quickly transforming into boomtowns as new technologies make drilling along the southern border of the state more attractive.
A church in Harper County, Kansas, added new air conditioning and renovated a steeple thanks to money from oil leases on its land.
Boomtowns can recede as quickly as they rise and in the oil towns of North Dakota, a bust could leave a devastating wake.
On the road with Blake Ellis and Jordan Malter as they travel through the oil boomtowns of Northwestern North Dakota.
Group of farmers in southern Kansas pool their land to more than double their money from an oil company for their mineral rights.
The explosive growth in the small towns surrounding the Bakken oil formation in North Dakota, has led to a surge in accidents and patients, putting an incredible strain on local medical providers.
These 6 men have traveled from far and wide to cash in on the oil boom in Williston, N.D. But due to the severe housing crunch in the area, the only place they have to call home right now is the Walmart parking lot.
From hauling crude in semi-trucks to getting their hands dirty out at the oil rigs, these women are living in America's newest boomtown and are hard at work in a traditionally male-dominated world.
It takes a certain personality to work in the oil fields of North Dakota. Meet a few of the woman who live it.
Thanks to the oil boom in North Dakota, students at Williston State College are being offered $100,000-plus salaries to go work for the oil companies.
While the influx of people to the oil boomtowns has been jarring to locals, those who landed high-paying jobs are thrilled.
Workers are landing six-figure jobs in the oil boomtowns of North Dakota. Here's what you need to know to find a job there -- just make sure the money is worth it before you move.
In contrast to the rest of the country, jobs and money are prevalent in western North Dakota. But nothing in life comes free.
Meet some of the folks who have doubled -- even tripled -- their pay in America's boomtown.
Learn how a farmer in North Dakota is reaping benefits from oil drilling.
As oil companies pump more crude out of the ground and workers from around the country arrive to cash in, a new wave of crime has taken over the once quiet towns of Northwestern North Dakota
Local police departments in North Dakota, not used to much action, are having trouble handling the boomtowns' population surge.
Strippers are pulling in $2,000 to $3,000 a night in Williston, N.D. - far more than they could earn in Vegas - thanks to the recent rush of mostly male workers to the oil boomtown.
The local strip club in Williston, North Dakota has seen a huge surge in business as a result of the oil boom.
Locals who live in the oil boomtowns of North Dakota worry that the small, close-knit communities they grew up in are now gone forever.
Deone Lawlar made a pretty penny on royalties from an oil rig but she doesn't enjoy her new boomtown lifestyle in North Dakota.
In Williston, N.D., America's newest oil boomtown, thousands have come looking for work. Yet, many of them can't find housing.
These men came to the boomtown of Williston, North Dakota, to find high-paying oil jobs. What they found were 'no vacancy' signs.
Companies are hiring like crazy: you can make $15 an hour serving tacos, $25 an hour waiting tables and $80,000 a year driving trucks. In the middle of nowhere, North Dakota.
Oil companies in Kansas' drought-ridden fields are scrambling to get the water they need.
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