Bakken: Examining Efforts to Address Law Enforcement, Infrastructure and Economic Development Needs: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, Field Hearing in Sidney, Montana, September 26, 2014 [open pdf - 4MB]
This is the September 26, 2014 hearing on "The Bakken: Examining Efforts to Address Law Enforcement, Infrastructure and Economic Development Needs," held before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From the opening statement of Senator Tester: "The Bakken formation has emerged in recent years as one of the most critical sources of oil in the United States. As a result, we are seeing things in Eastern Montana/Western North Dakota that we have never seen before, both good and bad. It is a story of rapid and dramatic flood of workers, families and wealth into an area that is providing an economic boom for local businesses and communities, but it is also a story of local communities left scrambling for scarce resources to meet urgent infrastructure and housing needs of a largely transient workforce, and the struggle of those communities to address immediate needs without doing significant harm to the longtime residents making a fraction of an oil worker's salary; folks in the community like police officers, social workers and school teachers. It is the story of local law enforcement agencies stretched thin, yet facing unprecedented threats in the sheer number and complexity of increasingly violent crimes; increased rates of human trafficking, drug smuggling and criminal byproducts of drug cartel targeting the large paychecks of oil workers. […] These stories do not reflect who we are or where we live. […] Today, I hope this hearing can identify additional ways we can contribute to that effort, whether it is highlighting various proposals to address the region's most urgent needs or addressing how we can improve upon the collaborative efforts of local, tribal and Federal officials." Statements, letters and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Craig Anderson, Michael Cotter, John Dynneson, Tim Fox, Michael Gottlieb, Paul Groshart, Angela McLean, Leslie Messer, Rick Norby, Anthony Preite, A.T. Stafne, Mike Tooley, Scott Vito and Loren Young.
S. Hrg. 113-587; Senate Hearing 113-587
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