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Parshal, North Dakota. The oil boom occurring here is the center of this documentary film that finally pulls back the curtains to reveal exactly how and why small town folks with small town values allow multibillion dollar corporations virtually free access to whatever land they see fit.

aturday 10:00 PM et/pt on Planet Green
1 Season, 5 Episodes
January 29, 2011
Documentary & Biography
Cast: Gary Basaraba, Nina Garbiras, Jason Gedrick, Neal McDonough, Lana Parrilla

Boomtown Full Episode Guide

  • Parshall residents re-evaluate the changes since the oil boom. A surprise announcement at a City Council meeting forces Richard (Mayor/Grocery Store Owner) to reconsider his future. Jeanette (motel owner) considers cashing out. As the 4th of July Celebration nears, everyone looks to the future and hopes the boom won't be a bust in the end.

  • Although Parshall continues to make millions of dollars by selling water to oil companies for drilling, some residents resist the revenue as water resources are depleted.

  • Parshall's main street is alive again with the eventual re-opening of the only restaurant in town. Down the street, the city council is planning on building a new City Hall, which is being met with some resistance and sacrifice.