I really enjoyed that article (and the photos were amazing). I've personally tried to not have much of an opinion on the drilling that goes on in that area... but the activities in that area constantly make the nightly news here. Unfortunately it has very little to do with the drilling itself: http://money.cnn.com/2011/10/26/pf/America_boomtown_crime/index.htm
Within the last few months, a Watford City pharmacy was robbed of $16,000 in narcotics, four people were stabbed at a local strip club in Williston, a semi truck crashed into an RV full of people sleeping and the first prostitution ring in decades was busted.
Last year, the number of criminal incidents reported to the Williston Police Department nearly tripled to 16,495. But that's only a fraction of the lawlessness the police have seen this year.
"The numbers we are seeing for this year will blow these out of the water," said Lieutenant David Belisle.
In a single month this summer, the department received 1,000 calls -- compared to the 4,000 calls it received in the three-year period between 2007 and 2009. This year, 9-1-1 calls to the department have already more than tripled last year's call volume, he said.
This is more what concerns me... granted I live on the opposite side of the state, but it's still alarming.