As we have learned (time and again), the boom and bust cycle that occurs with oil and gas development comes with a cost in terms of the quality of life for towns in proximity to development. The rapid increase in population and changes in the focus of the local economy not only place financial burdens on local governments, but also fundamentally alters the nature of the community. And when the boom is over, communities are left with damaged landscapes, unstable economies and the loss of social fabric. It is important that communities advocate for sensible development to protect their lifestyle.
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