Faces of the Oil Patch: Jim Geiermann

“Constant motion” is the way that Williston High School teacher Jim Geiermann describes the activity in his hometown. Through all of the craziness that the boom has unleashed on the area, Geiermann maintains that Williston is still a great place to live and raise a family. He also urges people to just give it time to settle down and to “get past the idea that it’s ‘us’ and ‘them’… it’s all Williston.”

“Explosive,” “uncontrolled,” and “overwhelming” are just some of the words that residents of North Dakota’s oil patch use to describe the boom that is changing their once quiet communities. North Dakota has seen oil booms (and busts) in the 1950s and 1980s, but those were nothing compared to what is happening now. This documentary explores what the oil boom means to the people who live and work in the midst of it.

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Producer

Producers: Bob Dambach, Wayne Gudmundson; Associate Producer: Kim Stenehjem; Editor: Dave Geck; Videographers: Dave Geck, Ryan Sailor; Executive Producer: Bob Dambach

Source

“Faces of the Oil Patch” Prairie Public 2012

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