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Tyrel Harding, Published February 02 2012

Dangerous, unfair in ND Oil Patch

In response to your Jan. 25 editorial titled “Startling Oil Patch numbers”:

It states that the oil boom has made the western part of the state more unsafe as the boom goes on.

For the readers who feel that the western part of the state is becoming dangerous and unfair, I agree. But obtaining the oil is vital to our economy.

This oil boom has increased the number of injuries and fatality traffic accidents involving semis. It is also unfair that the rent for houses and apartments in Williston, N.D., has gone up so much. People who have lived in Williston their whole lives have been moving away because they cannot afford to pay the rent now: $2,000 a month for a one-bedroom apartment; $3,400 a month for a three-bedroom apartment.

When I heard that accidents have gone up that much just from semis from the oil boom, I was surprised. In the future, I hope that the safety of our citizens will be kept in mind rather than the oil or money.