Oil Production In North Dakota

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Change is one of the most feared and revered words in the English vocabulary. There are many people who embrace the alteration of their lifestyle in an effort to improve their economic or physical situation. Nevertheless, large portions of the population oppose change because of the fear of the unknown. The modification of one’s lifestyle can yield positive results by presenting new and exciting alternatives to what one is accustomed to but it can also have negative consequences. The citizens of North Dakota have discovered this recently as their community has undergone significant transformations brought about by the production of oil. However, not all of the changes in this area have been negative, as numerous careers have been launched by …show more content…
Both farmers and residents have been affected by the influx of oil production. Dan Kalil, a third generation farmer in the northwest portion of the state, has been affected by this exponential increase in production. His land was homesteaded in the early 20th century by his grandfather, a Lebanese emigrant. Kalil did not want oil to be produced on his land because it was very important to him. However, the law provides that the surface estate is subservient to the mineral estate; therefore, Kalil had to allow oil to be produced on his land. Kalil alleges that the state is allowing the oil companies to produce much faster than the area can cope with it, which he believes is not copasetic for the future of the area. Kalil also feels that the industry has stolen his future, as all he wanted to do was to live out his days farming and ranching (Kusnetz, 11). Besides concerns like Kalil’s, there is an even greater concern about the elevation of crime levels in the state, which is due in part to the influx of people. This problem is not only present in North Dakota but it also affects the neighboring state Montana. Deputy Avis Ball has expressed concern about the level of crime than has blossomed since oil production has increased (Eaton, 13). It is apparent that there is a significant portion of the original residents that do not hold the industry in …show more content…
The boom has not only exponentially increased employment but it has also enhanced salaries. North Dakota leads the nation with the lowest level of unemployment and has decreased the dependence on the government for sustenance. North Dakota oil fields have grown exceptionally and it has recently become the second largest producer of oil in the United States. This state has now become self sufficient in regards to oil (Rocco 1). The economy has grown considerably, it was just about five years ago that the state was producing less than 200,000 BOPD but now they have been producing up to 1,000,000 BOPD and this figure is estimated to climb as high as 1,500,000 BOPD. This incredible growth has resulted in a dramatic increase in population; as a result, housing shortages have grown considerably. Additionally, the increased population has created a huge constraint on road maintenance, community services, hospitals, and the education system. However, there is confidence that North Dakota will be able to resolve these issues (Berenson 1-3). While this presents a problem for the government and developers, they must exercise caution so as not to develop more than is

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