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    Boomtowners

    S1 E1 Wake Up the Devil

    Meet some of the men and women from across America who have left their old lives behind for new opportunities in the oil-rich Bakken. The transition hasn't been easy. Follow trucker Ben Moorhead, whose 14-hour day begins at 2AM, and Pastor Sean Banks, who works in the oilfields to make ends meet. Life in this boomtown is no easier for longtime residents, as Judge Greg Mohr deals with a surging crime rate, and gun-toting Sandi Beagle Angel tries to preserve the land she loves.

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"Boomtowners" plunges into a modern-day "gold rush" that's attracting thousands of people from all over the country to the Bakken, a region of North Dakota. An oil boom has turned the area into the epicenter of a white-hot industrial revolution, but a rise in jobs has also led to a surge in population and living costs. Experience this phenomenon first-hand through the eyes of newcomers and longtime residents trying to make a living there in this groundbreaking new docu-series about tapping into the American dream.
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