Our state is experiencing unprecedented growth due to the oil activity. We need to provide more affordable housing options for residents in this region and we need to ensure safe working conditions for those in the industry. Our local governments, social service agencies, and other entities have been feeling the impact of this activity and haven't been receiving the necessary support from our state. We need to ensure that the residents in this region are being taken care of.
Although the impact of this activity has primarily been felt in the Western side of the state, it is only a matter of time before Eastern North Dakota starts to feel it. We need to implement more long-term, strategic planning to address this constant growth.