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Posted: Saturday, December 17, 2011 9:48 pm | Updated: 2:05 pm, Tue Apr 22, 2014.

The stories trickling back from the North Dakota and Eastern Montana oil fields are jaw-dropping.

It takes 45 minutes to wait your turn at the gas pumps in Williston, N.D.

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          • Blue Eyed Indian posted at 9:11 pm on Fri, Dec 23, 2011.

            Blue Eyed Indian Posts: 1

            Yes Sir,Red Green--Got your message over here. We are kind of dumb and backward over here and have only been working this boom and bust cycle for a little over sixty years. Must be you are associated with one of those fancy universities over there so we hope you will stand by close to the phone so we can call you when the bust comes and you can give us instructions. Seems like you must know exactly what to do next.

          • brokenbutcher posted at 2:02 pm on Mon, Dec 19, 2011.

            brokenbutcher Posts: 140

            libra41... re: mypetie..you couldn't make that up.

          • ZooTown024 posted at 1:59 pm on Mon, Dec 19, 2011.

            ZooTown024 Posts: 43

            The author of this story must be off their proverbial rocker. I am in this poop hole and no, you don't wait any longer at the gas pump here than you do in kalispell and never have I been in gridlock traffic. You guys should do some due dilligence before printing such idiocy. I am here living it and will inform your readers via my comments as to what is true and what is b.s. as apparently you guys are very misinformed.

          • libra42 posted at 11:25 pm on Sun, Dec 18, 2011.

            libra42 Posts: 461

            mypetie, read your post slowly. Is this ironic, or what?

          • mypetie posted at 7:52 pm on Sun, Dec 18, 2011.

            mypetie Posts: 36

            I hope the boom in North Dakota wakes up all the employers of the Flathead valley they pay their help crap for wages so for that people are leaveing the area for better wages I hope all your employers wake up before there is not much to chose from around here and start paying better wages your going to find you are in the same situation Sidney is in and cant keep decent help pay your good responsible help decent wages you might keep them around or go ahead and keep wasteing your money retraining new help every week. Doesnt take a moron to figure that one out.

          • jocknavals posted at 4:32 pm on Sun, Dec 18, 2011.

            jocknavals Posts: 9

            yep...some of my family lives in western oklahoma, where there is also an oil boom. it is the third boom since my parents moved there in the mid 1960s. while the boom is booming, things are really good, and very few people prepare for the bust. when the bust busts, it's bad. grass in the cracks of the sidewalk plywood on the windows of the empty buildings bad. williston is rocking now, i was through there last spring...but if oil drops to 70 bucks a barrel or so, and the drilling rigs close shop....there it is...

          • TallTree posted at 12:12 pm on Sun, Dec 18, 2011.

            TallTree Posts: 74

            Planning for booms is almost an oxymoron. By their nature most booms are sudden and unpredictable and catch most people by surprise. Planning for a bust is another matter. It appears North Dakota, while trying to catch up and manage the boom, is also trying to anticipate a bust.


          • Red Green posted at 11:37 am on Sun, Dec 18, 2011.

            Red Green Posts: 207

            They're not planning for the boom, they are reacting to it. What they need to be planning for is the BUST, which is not a matter of if, but when. This is one of those unwritten laws of science and economics..... whenever there is a boom, a bust WILL follow. everything is a grand party right now, but it wont stay that way...so this area ought to be socking away money like a squirell in fall for the coming troubles associated with the deflating end that may happen as rapidly as this boom. Just sayin'.


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