May 15

In North Dakota, there will be blood

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Life is cheap in North Dakota, where a new study (PDF) finds that workers are being killed on the job at five times the national rate.

Deaths on the job in North Dakota more than doubled from 2007 to 2012, rising from 25 to 65, as reported by Al Jazeera America’s Renee Lewis.

The reasons for this are deeply disturbing for what they say not only about industrial workplace safety, but about politics in 21st century America and how capital is favored over workers.

The increase in deaths tracks the frenzied efforts to extract oil and natural gas from the rich Bakken fields, believed to hold more than $1 trillion in carbon-based fuels. There is so much money to be made quickly that companies are not even waiting for adequate infrastructure to move all the natural gas to market.

Read the entire article here http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/5/north-dakota-workerdeathsbakkenoilgas.html

Source: Aljazeera America, “In North Dakota, there will be blood” David Cay Johnston , May 15, 2014.