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North Dakota: Trouble in Boomtown

Environment  (tags: fracking, energy bom, social problems, environment, protection, nature, energy, green )

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North Dakota is in the midst of an oil boom that has generated enormous wealth -- and some big problems, too

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Azaima A. (217)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 8:33 am
hard to turn money down

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 8:49 am
Yep, tell that to the farmer who now has 85,000+ barrels in his field but can't collect because it was due to a leak in the oil company's reserves and not a new natural pool. Of course he can't do anything with the field either. He's YKW

. (0)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 9:12 am
"Jobs, money, people"...not always a great trio.

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 11:58 am
Noted thanks

Gene Jacobson (273)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 12:38 pm
"For the economy, it's been terrific. The estimated $34.4 billion North Dakota has reaped in revenue from the boom has given it the healthiest balance sheet in the country, with an enviable $1.6 billion budget surplus. But the flood of money and new residents has also caused some severe growing pains."

Yeah, economically it has been great. But reading that article, and living in a border state, I know that there was a lot left unsaid there. Crime has also skyrocketed, particularly sexual crimes. Price gouging is rampant, the governmental process is bright red, as reich wing as one can get - which is to be expected when wealthy men control the government and economy. It isn't a bed of roses. And the technology they are using, fracking, is going to cost ND a lot more than it realizes when the oil and gas finally run out - and the sinkholes begin swallowing the parts of the state that remain. No bed of roses in any way and a very mixed blessing at best.

Dave C. (237)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 3:47 pm
Quick profits can blind people to troubles being in a neighbor state we've had several articles on this subject in our Minneapolis paper and of course the oil companies and pols always "minimize" this as 'boys will be boys" or "minor troubles" or "what you would have anywhere".....

Nimue Pendragon (325)
Monday October 21, 2013, 3:24 am

Rhonda B. (102)
Monday October 21, 2013, 7:12 am
Thank you for sharing!

Carla van der Meer (659)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 9:04 am
Sounds exactly like Fort Mc Murrary Alberta in the heart of the tar sands. Yes, there is lots of money, but rental and property prices are high, the roads are eroded away by all the heavy equipment, prices for basics are obscene, and crime is very, very high. Prostitution and drugs are a huge spin off industry. When the boom is over the locals will be left with the bad roads, empty homes, disease, rape victims and environmental ruin. But heck, just as long as the greedy pricks at the oil companies get richer, right.
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