In the gleeful and understandable rush to exploit the drilling boom in the Uinta Basin, I hope local governments will take heed of some of the boom's downsides.
For example, a recent New York Times article described how the drilling boom in North Dakota has overwhelmed local health providers with drilling-related injuries. The workers are generally uninsured, and they often disappear without paying any health-provider costs. The combined debt of the 12 medical facilities in the area has increased by 46 percent, one facility by 2,000 percent.
I see a lot of attention paid to transportation issues; I hope the leaders in the basin will also embrace and address social issues in a far-sighted way.
Salt Lake City