North Dakota is known for being polite, but perhaps they’ve been a little too hospitable to oil companies.
I wish the speed limit was “Let it Rip”
I am from North Dakota and I loved this it was so true. I didn’t realize that other places didn’t have those billboards.
While this report is generally good, there are a few points of twisted logic when it comes to subcontractors. The subcontractor is the one responsible for everything, including accidents and worker safety. So it’s quite normal that the settlement will be paid by the subcontractor’s insurance: that’s why they got insurance in the first place! Oasis has that clause in the subcontractor’s contract so that they don’t have to go to court to get that money. If it wasn’t like this, Oasis would be the one paying for insurance that would cover the subcontractors and the subcontractors would charge proportionally less (because they wouldn’t need to pay the insurance themselves). So, in the end, Oasis ends paying pretty much the same amount in any case. Although I will concede that the “indirect payment” method may have an effect on their behavior.
1:28 Don’t bleep out fuck lol
Stop attacking my family.
I nominate John Oliver for all the Emmys.
@1:28 uncensored forrealzzzz
this report is such a lie I don’t even know where to start. for one that guy makes over 150k cash after texas, second they ask for over time. third gas prices would be at 6 bucks a gallon without north Dakota
oh god i wish the speed limit here in texas was let em rip
Same f-Ing thing happening in the Dominican Republic with the Barrick Golf Company… Politicians sold us, our land, rivers and the Pueblo Viejo inhabitants are dying and no one bats an eye.
The Dakotas mentioned, swell with…pride?
they missed a “fuck” censor. But this is the internet so why even have them in the first place?
I wish this video was in 4K.
#TPP is going to do this for everyone and add the draconian US copyrights loose on the world. Guess we’re all going to jail.
The bleeping in this episode was terribly inconsistent lol.
Fargo is one of my all time faves.
Would it be weird to say that I love him? In a completely asexual way, that is. There is seriously no video from him that I didn’t like, and I’m grateful for the service that he is doing to humanity and the world through what he calls a “comedy show” (which we all know is a lie, and it is actually a pretty solid news network with a tad bit of comedy sprinkled on it).
What is the point of censoring a YouTube video? They didn’t even bleep all of the expletives. 1:27
i forget that he is a comedian until the last two mins of the video
I think he should have also touched on the prostitution problems, high housing prices, and overcrowding that affect the regions once small, quiet towns. I stayed in the Bakken last summer and it is clearly no place to raise a family. It definitely is not much different than the gold rush.
How awesome would it be if Oliver did a senate hearing on capital hill like this….. omg
praise be praise be
Koch brothers are behind this. They answer to no one and own Congress.
I was wondering why all these videos were up today since it’s Thanksgiving and we have the day off. Then I remembered that it’s Canadian Thanksgiving and no one cares.
Oh-ah, yah this one right here is-ah real good ‘un, eh?
North Dakota doesn’t have to be business friendly, they have the oil, and if you want it you have to go there. Who in North Dakota is giving their oil away? You should find out.
He didn’t even mention the complete lack of taxes collected by the state, and the resulting decline and destruction of infrastructure in the entire region. Towns like Williston, at one point, were bursting at the seams with new construction, but no road work, no utility work. Overloaded trucks are the norm, destroying road beds in parts of the state with very few residents to collect taxes from, thus roads are left to crumble. I won’t even get into the ungodly amounts of Natural Gas simply flared off into the sky. So much waste, and if the Saudi’s continue to get their way, that business will never come back.
He’s right you know, i mean it’s 2015.
1:26 They forgot to censor a Fuck. As if it matters.
All this sounds quite similar to how TTIP is displayed in Germany and Austria ^^
PSH! North Dakota is a myth.
Wireline isn’t dangerous. Come work on a snubbing unit.
Haha, at 1:20 they missed censoring one of his fucks.
Mega reverend John Oliver should run for president
Also, roads have been destroyed, people have been displaced by unscrupulous property owners looking to jack up the rents, and people have been victimized by the criminal element that’s come along with the influx of workers, and the services in place have been too overwhelmed. All while the state gives these companies tax breaks and lets them off the hook for so many things that hurt this state and its people.
69h straigt *heh* *heh*
While we’re at it…how about we bring back slavery? Why not? I mean, we’ll save tons on labor costs…and the economy will surely benefit. Corporations(the only real *people* in America) will do very well under such a system. And on top of all that…the Bible fully endorses the owning of other human beings as property(*Leviticus **25:44**-46 & Ephesians 6:5*), and even lays out rules for beating them(*Exodus **21:20**-21*). Since Yahweh(who is also the *exact same person* as Jesus) commanded it, it must be moral. I wonder why the GOP isn’t jumping on this new economic program. Slavery is right up their alley. And their constituency would probably be all for it…as long as the slaves have more epidermal melanin than they do. What are they waiting for? *Let’s make America© great…again!!*
1:28 Do they just pick and choose which “fuck” to bleep?
Great vid john
South Dakota is even less known than north Dakota
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they forgot to censor a fuck you. please do this for all of them.
Episode about diamond mines? hmmm
I like turtles!
Admiral reference, but “loot-eh-fisk.”
How does anyone dislike anything by this guy? A lack of common sense or just no empathy for your fellow human beings?
One thing i love about this channel is the inconsistent bleeping lol
Dammit I knew John was behind this ,I saw that billboard on the way to work this morning
what? I don’t know
Great info and vid.. but you forgot to include all the human trafficking that’s been happening in those oil fields too..
Jesus Oliver! Way to ruin Fargo for me….
Anyone here live in North Dakota? How is it over there?
I lived in Williston for three months this summer. Lets just say I would be completely fine never visiting that wasteland again. Fuck. That. Place.
I actually work in the North Dakota oil fields, and I can honestly say that not only are main oil companies (such as Oasis) skirting around paying for accidents, even the sub contractors, such as my company (weatherford), have about a million different ways to not accept any of the blame themselves, and pawn it off on their employees.
I hope people start investigating this mess in Williston and Western North Dakota. I teach at NDSU, and while John Oliver makes some awesome points, it doesn’t even begin to skim the surface for how bad things are out there. Things like brutal living conditions and even human trafficing are a clear and present danger right now. There is research by our faculty concerning the work in that area of the state, and it is shocking and heartbreaking to read.
I truly love this state, but this is unacceptable…
we do know, they are our neighbor state
look at the americans tearing their land apart because they want to literally drink the oil asap. its times like these that i am happy my country isn’t sitting on top of oil…
1:28 …. the censor missed one
what John isn’t talking about how many thousands of men (some of my friends) will relocate many states away and sign whatever forms and do whatever work to make that money. yes these companies are evil but they are not kidnapping people off the street and forcing them to work
did anyone notice they sensored fuck twice but l=missed it the third time? 1:22
Reducing taxes for oil company to drill the land is like the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Oil & gas industry have made trillion of dollars for the last decade, they can afford whatever fine and taxes on any day. The only reason they are there is because of black gold not the stupid low tax rate…..
Either the leather chair John uses is pretty noisy or he just farted at around 15:15 in the video.
Whup, whoever’s supposed to be censoring the “fucks,” ya missed one.
Did you know that Montana and North Dakota got into a war? It got so bad that the North Dakotans started throwing dynamite. The Montanans lit it, and threw it back.
The writing on this show is always so smooth! I love how they tied in the billboards into the whole thing.
What happened to Carlson Well Service, Inc. and Mitchell’s Oil Field Service, Inc. then? I agree that the right people need to be held liable, but if those companies were contracted then it is their job to ensure the safety of the employees and should be held responsible (i.e. fined/punished). And also. what happened to Petro-Hunt? It’s one thing to make a false claim that no repeat offenses have happened, but if they were severely fined/punished for their second violation then the “probation-style” law they use for oil companies sounds very reasonable and effective. But again, if none of these 3 businesses were held responsible then I absolutely agree with the points made in the video. I’m not saying I think that these clauses are good/moral, but just some additional food for thought.
Corporations always win.
I live in Williston, ND!! Thanks for shining a light on the areas we need improvement in!! Its pretty scary how unregulated the industry is up here!!! Honestly I don’t see that changing. Who is really the protagonist in that struggle? Land owners who do not own minerals would be in a position to fight for change and of course oil workers but I can’t imagine either of them rallying together. The oil workers are typically here only until their job runs out or they can go back home for a different job. Most farmers that own minerals don’t need to farm and the people they lease their land to in order to farm it could make way more money in the oilfield so they don’t have to farm for their income. Then someone like me, not an oilfield worker and not a land owner would be fighting an uphill battle against oil company backed politicians…..maybe I could run for a local office and get Williston city laws passed. I don’t know if that’s possible but I suppose it’s something worth looking into!!!! Thanks Last Week Tonight!! Maybe there is hope for change :)
fargo starts today, so pumped.
Hehe missed a fuck at 1:30
I love my new home, OSHA would be nice here, and deregulation is okay, the problem is is that we should get rid off all income taxes and energy subsidies.
Oh and people in ND are not that friendly. They are inbred and racist as fuck.
I actually liked this piece a lot. He highlighted the issues very well and without exaggerating. And he didn’t propose any excessive regulations, just that indemnification clauses be regulated, which is actually a very “conservative” way of regulating a business. Forcing people to pay for damages and harm caused to others. They should also pay lifetime damages to farmers for destruction of land by the following method: for every year that said land is unusable, the farmer will average the bushels per acre made on the rest of the land, multiply it by the number of acres unusable, and multiply that by the average price per bushel over the course of a harvest. If the land is pasture, a similar method for the maximum head count of cattle on that amount of land that are typically sent to slaughter will be priced and paid out.
Thanks John, us in South Dakota hate what North Dakota has become and even more so that they are pushing for the XL pipeline to plow through our state.
Once again a good piece! Very informative, all this applies everywhere in the world where Big Mining Corporations set base.
1:23 They censored the first few F bombs but not the last for some reason?
yes at aljasera owners oil sides that never happens …
Well and oil booms tend to not actually make jobs in the states they happen in. Nor do they create money for normal people who already lived there.
We still have the billboards up here in North Dakota…
South decanada ????????
Been to Fargo before, I damn near punched someone because they were too nice. I was cursing everyone on the road for “driving politely and below the speed limit”. It was like I was like twilight zone. Fuck you nice people, I am not going back there.
Lol I was really wondering what the billboard was about. Great fucking job John
I think the solution is that all of John Oliver’s fans should quit purchasing all oil related products.
Get fucking angry!
I cannot believe how scummy these oil companies are holy shit.
These companies need some pi from osisoft
Mr. Oliver does make several excellent points and being a North Dakota citizen, I fully agree. Over the last decade, my state has just let the oil companies walk all over us. North Dakota needs to stand up for itself. If the state can last through our endless winters, we can stand up t the oil companies who are destroying our state.
Lol, for some reason when I first saw the title I thought it said “North Korea.”
A) Pretty much any of the interesting parts of Fargo happen in Minnesota B) Considering an accident that killed 2 people and one committed suicide later was the “worst accident in over a decade,” it doesn’t seem that bad…
thought he was gearing up for saying that that actually wasn’t north dakota.
Honest trailers guy?is that you?
The collusion between state and corporations is the hallmark of Fascism. U.S.A is a fascist country!
1 death every six weeks is nothing. How many ppl die PER DAY from illnesses caused by obesity, abuse of tobacco, abuse of alcohol (that’s including anything done under the influence) or by abuse of illegal drugs? I would say orders of magnitudes.
I thought perhaps you’d discuss other ways that the oil has affected North Dakotans: like the fact that no North Dakotans can afford to live there anymore. Rent and housing has skyrocketed, and only those striking it rich in the oil industry can afford to make the payments. People have been forced out of their homes and communities. Crime and violent crime has increased 300% statewide. (And these are criticisms/realities coming from a pro-fracking, pro-oil North Dakota native.)
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