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Published September 04, 2012, 08:49 AM

Survey: Some not happy with North Dakota oil boom

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A new survey says 60 percent of longtime northwest North Dakota residents say they have benefited economically from the oil boom but the majority say their quality of life has not improved.

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A new survey says 60 percent of longtime northwest North Dakota residents say they have benefited economically from the oil boom but the majority say their quality of life has not improved.

The Forum reports that the University of North Dakota study gathered perceptions of the oil boom by sending surveys to residents of Williston, Stanley and Watford City who have lived in their communities for six years or more.

About 17 percent said the oil boom has improved their quality of life. Fifty-two percent said they disagree or strongly disagree.

The survey project also asked for written comments from respondents. Many participants wrote that the state should limit the number of drilling permits to allow communities to catch up with housing, law enforcement and other infrastructure.

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