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Boomtowners: Sneak Peek

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Experience the Bakken oil boom through the eyes of the people affected by this modern-day "gold rush."

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"Boomtowners" plunges into a modern-day "gold rush" that's attracting thousands of people from all over the country to the Bakken, a region of North Dakota. An oil boom has turned the area into the epicenter of a white-hot industrial revolution, but a rise in jobs has also led to a surge in population and living costs. Experience this phenomenon first-hand through the eyes of newcomers and longtime residents trying to make a living there in this groundbreaking new docu-series about tapping into the American dream.


  • HANNAH & DAN DOOLEY<SPAN>Business Owners</SPAN>
  • SEAN & BROOKE BANKS<SPAN>Environmental Management Technician & Business Owner</SPAN>
  • TONY MILLER<SPAN>Operations Specialist</SPAN>
  • Haley Mindt & Larysa Hurst<SPAN>Business Owner & Bookkeeper</SPAN>
  • HON. GREG MOHR<SPAN>Richland County Judge</SPAN>
  • BEN & PHOEBE MOORHEAD<SPAN>Oil Hauler & Court Reporter</SPAN>
  • Ray & Deanna Senior<SPAN>Oil Lease Operator & Project Manager</SPAN>
  • SANDI BEAGLE ANGEL<SPAN>Retiree, Land Owner</SPAN>
  • HANNAH & DAN DOOLEY<SPAN>Business Owners</SPAN>

    HANNAH & DAN DOOLEYBusiness Owners

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    "The oil industry is kind of cutthroat. People see you doing well, and then all of the sudden, they want a piece of the pie."—Hannah Dooley

    There are those who benefit from the Bakken boom who aren't extracting or hauling oil. A lifelong area resident, Hannah Dooley recognized that the thriving local oil industry needed people with a variety of skills, so she started her own company specializing in welding, fabrication, and related services. Her head welder, Dan Dooley, became her husband, and now they work together to grow the business. "Since the boom, our lives have completely changed for the better. We went from renting a house to buying one, we had a baby, and got married," says Hannah. Even while they've started their own family, the Dooleys take special care to keep their employees happy and to make them feel like family. "These are guys that you can depend on no matter what. They'll do whatever needs to be done to help the company," says Dan. "I'd swim the rivers of hell for them."

    While Hannah handles the administrative side of the business and tends to their young son, Dan puts his lifetime of experience welding to work 10-12 hours per day, six days a week. His daily responsibilities are located several hours from home, so the couple rents a house for Dan to use during the work week, and he returns home to Sidney on the weekends to spend time with his family. "It's kind of hard not having Dan working close, but that's where the work is," she says. Although they hope to build the business to a point that will enable Dan to transition to a less hands-on role, he still finds satisfaction in his career. "I enjoy my job; it's not a mundane routine," he says. "There's always something different, and it's really rewarding when you make it work." As long as there's oil in the Bakken, the Dooleys will continue to work hard while keeping their company a family affair.

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