Fractured: North Dakota's Oil Boom

Journey to the prairies of North Dakota with nationally acclaimed photographer Terry Evans and award-winning journalist and filmmaker Elizabeth Farnsworth and explore the impact of the current oil boom on the Williston Basin region.  Most of the oil is obtained by fracking – injecting fluids into the ground to fracture shale oil – and this controversial practice brings welcome prosperity to some, but tragedy to others.  Through vivid photography and personal testimony, learn how this drilling process is irrevocably altering prairie habitats and could bring catastrophic global warming even closer; and also hear from the families and communities that benefit from this economic boon, which may help make the United States energy independent.  

This exhibition was developed by The Field Museum in collaboration with Terry Evans and Elizabeth Farnsworth, Fellows of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art.

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Gallery Requirements
At least 140 linear ft. (43 m.); light levels adjustable to 5 - 10 foot candles; gallery attendant or circulating guard required
40 mounted color photographs, 4 hi-resolution mounted scans of herbarium sheets, 1 map mural, 26 labels on digital hard drive
English; additional language conversion to be provided by host venue


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