Death In The Oil Patch: A New Web Documentary From Black Gold Boom

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“Oil To Die For,” a new interactive documentary from Black Gold Boom, examines how Dustin Bergsing died of hydrocarbon poisoning at a North Dakota well site just days before his 22nd birthday.

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“Oil To Die For,” a new interactive documentary from Black Gold Boom, examines how Dustin Bergsing died of hydrocarbon poisoning at a North Dakota well site just days before his 22nd birthday.

America’s thirst for oil is as strong as ever. And thanks to a giant boom in North Dakota, Texas and Colorado, more U.S. oil is extracted at home.

Lacey Breding, left, with Dustin Bergsing, an oil field worker killed on the job as a "well watcher " near Mandaree, North Dakota.

Lacey Breding, left, with Dustin Bergsing, an oil field worker killed on the job as a “well watcher” near Mandaree, North Dakota.

That’s turned some cattle ranchers into millionaires, a few oil bosses into billionaires and put money in the pockets of working people.

But those riches have come at a price.

Oil To Die For was produced by Todd Melby and is part of his Black Gold Boom project.