As only John Oliver can say….please watch and share…we should all be angry….
Here’s why: South Dakota’s Bakken Oil fields ruin farmland. They kill 1 person every 6 weeks, workers may work 69 hours straight and OSHA only has 8 inspectors for both North and South Dakota so they’re unlikely to ever investigate any of this. The Petro-Hunt Company spilled 3000 barrels of oils and five months later, spilled 600 barrels (over 25,000 gallons) of oil – but got deep discounts on fines for promising never to do it again.
And by the way, the state of North Dakota has no ethics committee and allows oil companies indemnification against lawsuits. Listen to John Oliver and weep.
The New York Times ran a story on Bakken last November, “The Downside of the Boom: North Dakota took on the oversight of a multibillion-dollar oil industry with a regulatory system built on trust, warnings and second chances.”