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From the series "When the Landscape is Quiet Again: North Dakota's Oil Boom" A natural gas flare in the White Earth River Valley, as photographed by Sarah Christianson in September 2013.

North Dakota native’s photos of oil boom on exhibit in San Francisco gallery

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SAN FRANCISCO — Sarah Christianson isn’t against western North Dakota’s booming oil development, but the photographer who grew up on a family farm near Hillsboro, N.D., has made it a mission to let everyone know just what the oil boom is doing to her home state — and her belief that more oversight is needed to prevent permanent damage.


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Ryan Johnson
After four years of covering news for the Grand Forks Herald and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Ryan Johnson has been a features reporter for The Forum's Variety section since 2013. His prior beats included politics, business, city government and higher education. Johnson is a 2008 alumnus of the University of North Dakota. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to
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