The Ups & Downs of a Boom Town

The Ups & Downs of a Boom Town

There are 3 comments on the KMID story from Sep 7, 2012, titled The Ups & Downs of a Boom Town. In it, KMID reports that:

Because of the oil boom, Odessa is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation.

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“Better Dead than red!”

Since: Jun 11

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#1 Sep 8, 2012
On the down side of it is, that it's attracting too many roaches along with the good folks that actually want to move here and work for a better life. We already had plenty of our own before the boom we most certainly don't need more.
hunter1963

Tioga, ND

#2 Sep 8, 2012
starringuandi wrote:
On the down side of it is, that it's attracting too many roaches along with the good folks that actually want to move here and work for a better life. We already had plenty of our own before the boom we most certainly don't need more.
I live in a different oil boom place, where they are drilling for the "Bakken Range" There is so much constuction around here it is crazy. I think they have built like 6 or 8 new motels. Rent for some on fixed incomes have went from 350.00 to over 2,000.00, in the last two years. Trucks are ruining the roads. To me the oil boom is nothing but a curse upon what used to be a nice small town, and peacefull town. Now there are shootings, and people being killed everyday on the roads. Kidnappings and murders. They have put up I don't even keep track of the man camps in the area, for the oilfield trash to live in. An oil boom is a curse. By the way I also lived through the oil boom in the 70's through the mid 80's. I have lived in this town since 1963, and don't even recognize it anymore.

“Better Dead than red!”

Since: Jun 11

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#3 Sep 8, 2012
hunter1963 wrote:
<quoted text>I live in a different oil boom place, where they are drilling for the "Bakken Range" There is so much constuction around here it is crazy. I think they have built like 6 or 8 new motels. Rent for some on fixed incomes have went from 350.00 to over 2,000.00, in the last two years. Trucks are ruining the roads. To me the oil boom is nothing but a curse upon what used to be a nice small town, and peacefull town. Now there are shootings, and people being killed everyday on the roads. Kidnappings and murders. They have put up I don't even keep track of the man camps in the area, for the oilfield trash to live in. An oil boom is a curse. By the way I also lived through the oil boom in the 70's through the mid 80's. I have lived in this town since 1963, and don't even recognize it anymore.
That is crazy and unfortunate, it's not quiet that bad here in West Texas. Maybe because here we've had this industry for Decades so most of the workers are local so they respect people and property. Seems up there you have lots of outsiders who'll more than likely have NO respect for you folks from there or your property. Maybe your law enforcement people and local leaders should lay down the law to these folks and enforce it stringently otherwise you'll lose your hometown.
Good luck to you.

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