Below is a link to an excellent article detailing a number of interesting technical and economic issues related to the development of the Bakken in North Dakota. From my perspective the excerpted quote should be of grave concern to advocates of sustainable development and of equal concern to the oil & gas industry. Together we can address these issues. Collaborative Construction has been researching the issue for sometime now and we will be ready to move forward soon. I'll keep you posted.
Civic infrastructure, though, hasn't kept up, Koeser and other local mayors say. Schools and hospitals are crowded, sewage systems overwhelmed, and police flooded by service calls. The numbers of burglaries and violent crimes are on the rise. The most acute problem is the housing shortage, despite all of the hotels and condo complexes being built. Jacob Brooks, managing editor of the Williston Herald, says that many apartment dwellers have faced annual rent increases of almost 300 percent and that "seniors who had been living in Williston their whole lives were having no choice but to leave town." By necessity, more than a dozen temporary "man camps" have sprouted in the Williston Basin to house thousands of workers. I spend a night in one of them and experience an ambience that is midway between a Motel 6 and a minimum security prison.
Read more: Oil Boom: North Dakota is the Next Hub of U.S. Energy - Popular Mechanics
These are Wicked Problems but not insurmountable problems. The oil & gas industry needs to pay attention to the impact they are having on the infrastructure of the communities in which they operate and help deliver positive solutions.
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