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Source:  Independent Lens on PBS

Between 2011 and 2016, oil drilling in rural North Dakota reached its peak, setting off a modern-day gold rush in Trenton, North Dakota, population less than 1,000.

With billions of dollars to be gained in an industry-friendly state with a “reasonable regulation” climate, small towns like Trenton became overwhelmed by an influx of workers and countless acres of farmland were repurposed for industrial development.

“My Country No More,” a new documentary produced and directed by Rita Baghdadi and Jeremiah Hammerling, follows the rise and fall of the oil boom in North Dakota and paints a portrait of a rural American community in crisis.

Through the voices of Trenton’s residents, the film challenges the notion of progress and questions the long-term human consequences of short-term approaches to land use, decisions that ultimately affect all Americans, rural and urban alike.

“My Country No More” premieres  January 7 on PBS.  Online streaming begins January 8.

Read the story at Independent Lens on PBS.

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