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Last Week Tonight: North Dakota and oil companies

Last Week Tonight: North Dakota and oil companies

0 Comment(s) | Posted | by Ian Pajer-Rogers |

In the wild west of North Dakota's hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," industry, worker safety protections are virtually nonexistent.

According to their own data, it would take the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) years to inspect every fracking well to ensure that working conditions are safe. Even Texas has a more stringent set of safety regulations.

On HBO's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver exposed the deadly side of an industry that operates with layers of sub-contractors, little to no federal oversight, and a singular eye towards profit above anything else. 

Watch the clip below. Some language may not be suitable for the workplace:

Courtesy of Last Week Tonight


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