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        Crude Oil Brings Boom Times and Safety Concerns to North Dakota

        In North Dakota, an oil boom has transformed the state's economy. Nearly a million barrels of crude come out of the ground each day and, instead of traveling by pipeline, most North Dakota oil goes by rail. But as the industry is projected to grow, a series of catastrophic -- and at times deadly -- accidents have brought new scrutiny to the practice of hauling oil by rail. Challenge students to weigh in on the risks and benefits of oil production in the United States with this PBS NewsHour video and educational materials from May 14, 2014. For further background and materials to support student understanding of the issue see the Teacher’s Guide, Student Handout, and Informational Text in Support Materials.


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