Faces of the Oil Patch: Tate Cymbaluk

Tate Cymbaluk of Williston shows a stretch of grassland that is being developed commercially and will one day include a highway bypass around the city of Williston. Leases for the commercial property are never signed for less than five years, proving that the boom will be in western North Dakota for quite a bit of time. Cymbaluk also says, “We’re fortunate to have work, let alone to this magnitude. We’ve got to feel very blessed and very fortunate. We just have to keep reminding people of that.”

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


“Faces of the Oil Patch” Prairie Public 2012

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