The first edition of 360 Review begins with a two-page illustration showing the importance of various energy sources to North Dakota and the tremendous impact the shale oil revolution in the Bakken is having on the state’s economy and job market. Revenue streams from oil production, for example, increased from $4.5 to $38.56 billion from 2005 to 2013. The number of jobs (both primary and secondary employment) created by the petroleum industry in North Dakota increased from 27,571 to 81,540 in 2013.

Although the oil prices remain low, oil production remains high. There have been many layoffs in the Bakken, but unemployment state-wide remains and over 17,000 job openings remain unfulfilled.

Also, in relative BTU terms wind energy would power 320,000 homes per year, while oil would power 59.7 million homes, which accounts for 58 percent of housing units in the US.

This illustration sets the proverbial stage for nine articles about the social, technological, economic, geopolitical and religious dimensions of oil and natural gas production (fracking) in the Bakken.

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