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The fossil fuels boom in North Dakota has meant jobs and one of the country’s better economies…

Two firms were cited on Friday for dumping more than 100 loads of raw sewage in “fields and ditches” between late 2011 and early this year. The waste originated at drilling locations and worker camps in the Bakken oil patch.

In all, the loads added up to more than 500,000 gallons — enough to fill three-quarters of an Olympic-sized pool. (London 2012!)

— excerpts from “Oil Industry Dumping Crap in North Dakota. Um, Literally" by Philip Bump writing for Grist.org (July 16, 2012).

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