These images were taken along an eight-mile section of 58th Street NW outside Epping, North Dakota. Recent advances in hydraulic fracturing technology make it possible to place well pads closer together to maximize extraction rates. In North Dakota wells are often drilled as close as 250 feet apart from a neighboring well. As a result it is not uncommon to see dense concentrations of well pads along stretches of road such as this one. A single-well pad takes up 3.35 acres of land, on average. More recently, oil companies many are constructing “mega-pads” that can accommodate a higher numbers of wells. Hess Corp, for example, has the Bakken’s largest pad: 18 wells on a single area.
The series framework borrows from Ed Ruscha’s 1963 artist book, “Twentysix Gasoline Stations,” which collected views of gas stations between Los Angles and Oklahoma City. The collection of twenty-six stations black and white photographs show a dispassionate view of the structures in the landscape and, as many have observed, offered a counter to highly-aestheticized photographic