Becoming the newest and largest oil reserve in America doesn’t come without problems.When an estimated 4.3 billion barrels of recoverable oil was discovered in Williston, North Dakota, it turned the small town into a thriving money centre with reports of strippers making up to $3,000 a night and servers making $100 an hour with tips.
But along with wages, sexually transmitted diseases have also “risen to a record high in the area,” reports CNN Money.
There were 237 cases of chlamydia in 2010 compared to 145 cases in 2008, according to the AP.
As the only hospital within a 40-mile radius of the city, Mercy Medical centre has witnessed a 50% increase in clinical visits and wait times of more than three hours long, up from 30 minutes last year. And the hospital can’t keep up with daily medical service requests as many staff members are leaving healthcare to work in the oilfields where workers are earning as much as doctors.
There have also been reports of a surge in crime in Williston’s booming economy.
The Associated Press reported that assault and theft has been committed twice as much as a year ago, but the police department is unable to pay their officers enough to keep up with the town’s increase in crime and rent.
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