The Oil Boom in North Dakota "Today, the Bakken Formation is thought to be the largest oil deposit in the lower 48 states. Its 15,000 square miles -- spanning two states and two Canadian provinces -- hold some 4.3 billion barrels of oil ready to be tapped for drilling. (A forthcoming federal study will likely increase that estimate.)"
Worker accommodations in the Bakken can be rough: men sleep in barracks-style “man camps” or tiny trailers with boarded windows, parked cars and overcrowded apartments. But as the boom matures beyond an insatiable rush for bodies and beds, a number of man camps resemble luxury versions of overseas military bases and function almost like hotels. Some of these high-end camps are self-contained communities with all-you-can-eat buffets, private quarters and housekeeping services.