Oil Patch Code Blue 3: "A beautiful man"

Sep 11, 2013

During the last couple of days, we’ve been focusing on the rising number of injuries and deaths in North Dakota’s oil patch.

Trauma admissions have doubled or tripled at hospitals in the west. More men are dying on drilling rigs and other oil industry workplaces than ever before.

Today, we examine how these trends are affecting families. Black Gold Boom reporter Todd Melby traveled to Montana to learn more.

In part four of our series tomorrow, you’ll hear a report on how Dustin Bergsing died, including details from a former Marathon Oil employee warning about problems with storage tanks at the company’s North Dakota wells.

This story was made possible by a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism.