ND Officials Help SD Prepare For Oil Boom
by Associated Press
May 03, 2012 8:23 AM
North Dakota officials are telling business and government leaders in South Dakota to prepare for both opportunities and challenges when the oil boom moves south.
More than 150 lawmakers and business leaders are at a two-day conference in the western South Dakota city of Spearfish to talk about how officials can prepare for an oil boom.
Former North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Shane Goettle says North Dakota officials were unprepared for the influx of people to that state's oil patch. He's telling people in South Dakota that planning is critical because once a South Dakota oil well proves productive, it will be like "the faucet gets turned on."
Spearfish Economic Development Director Bryan Walker says officials plan a trip to Williston in the heart of the North Dakota oil patch.