What It’s Really Like To Be A Female Truck Driver In America’s Fastest Growing Boomtown

April 4, 2012   ·   0 Comments

Heather Nehring

Heather Nehring and her four sisters grew up in the quiet, bucolic enclave of Williston, North Dakota.

Virtually overnight her hometown was overrun by a 21st century oil boom as technology caught up to the Bakken oil deposit, and new fracking techniques started bringing 640 square miles of oil to the surface.

A single mom who drives a Mack truck for Coyote septic systems, Heather is fortunate enough to be able to strap her son into the truck with her and take him on her route.

“You pump out their septic tank and you move on,” she says. “And we have places where he can get out and run around and stuff.”

The sisters are now collectively called “The Boomtown Girls” as an Atlanta production company picked up on their stories and put together a trailer for a new reality show of the same name.

There’s no word yet on whether the show will be picked up, so in the meantime Heather will keep driving her truck, and stay alert in the frenzied traffic plying the roads of Williston.

“It’s not if I get into a wreck,” she says. “It’s when.” 

Heather brought her camera along to work on Monday March 26 and took the following shots for Business Insider.

I get up at about 6:30 a.m. which is a terrible, terrible time of day for me. But this is where I start my truck and let it warm up for a bit every morning.

My first stop of the day is a rig move. This is a picture of the derrick with a drilling rig being laid over.

This rig move did not go so well for everyone. There’s a bit of mud and this truck is quite stuck.

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