For example, Williams County Commission Chairman Dan Kalil is quoted as saying:
“They’re consuming all of our resources. They’re consuming all of our people looking for jobs. All the employee base is used up.”
Having too many jobs and not enough people to fill them is a problem many other places would gladly take over their own employment picture.
Kalil goes on to discuss negative impacts of the drilling on roads and other public systems but to focus on the negative when there is so much to gain seems overly pessimistic. New roads can be paved and homes can be built to overcome these temporary obstacles. You should not, however, brush aside the direct and indirect economic benefits that come to both native North Dakotans and new residents who are flocking to the state to take advantage of these new opportunities.
We should not rush into development without understanding the consequences, but to ignore the positive benefits is equally as irresponsible.