Ever since the discovery of the Bakken formation in 2008, things have changed
in Eastern Montana. What was once a wide ranging swath of land, with sparse
locales of population and endless natural beauty is now being transformed
by the interests that intend to profit from such an important find. The
Bakken reserve is the
largest "continuous" oil accumulationever assessed by the USGS. This means oil producers are looking to quickly
set-up efficient extraction centers and this means jobs.
Work related injuries are more common place when the bustle and stress
of new refineries and new management can lead to the ball being dropped.
Overworked people, living in less-than-comfortable situations, potentially
will make bad decisions and the consequences can lead to a work-related
injury or unfortunate inter office confrontations. This increase in population
and jobs can also lead to a scarcity of healthcare. When the providers
of local healthcare services are being pushed to the limit, there just
simply is not enough to go around in a timely fashion. If you are new
to this area, it is important to become informed of what is available
to you by way of support and advocacy. For instance, do you have a grasp
on what 'Premises Liability' entails. Your healthcare coverage
may not fully compensate you in the case of negligence at work or related
locations that encompass your work here in Montana. To stay ahead of these
issues it is vital to seek the informed advise of a local attorney.
Your labor here may be exact and sober, but what about that dangers that
careless co-workers bring to the table or that of criminal interests that
have grown in this state. Consider this: Dawson County Sheriff Craig Anderson
and other local officials said oil development and the surging population
in recent years has overburdened their infrastructure and challenged law
enforcement agencies. Montana's Attorney General Tim Fox noted the
growth in local residents due to the oil boom in recent years has caused
an increase in crime. The Montana Standard recently reported: Oil patch
arrests went up 80 percent between 2008 and 2012. Narcotics investigations
pursued by the Montana Department of Justice in the northeastern part
of the state nearly tripled between 2010 and 2013. "Anything and
everything related to the justice system is overtaxed and overburdened
here," he said. Jails in this part of Montana are now at capacity.
Washington Post reported: "there is a dark side to the multibillion-dollar boom in the oil
fields ... The arrival of highly paid oil workers living in sprawling
"man camps" with limited spending opportunities has led to a
crime wave -- including murders, aggravated assaults, rapes, human trafficking
and robberies -- fueled by a huge market for illegal drugs, primarily
heroin and methamphetamine."
It is important to protect yourself in this changing Montana landscape.
An overburdened justice system and stretched-thin authorities need to
be dealt with a professional hand. Find an advocate who has 75 years plus
of legal experience and who is at heart connected to this region and it's
Contact us to find a law firm that has your family's interests in mind as well
as that of the future of Montana, to preserve what is a great place to
work and live.