Oil may boom, but infrastructure is busting Montana counties

December 14, 2014

Billings Gazette

By Charles S. Johnson and Mike Dennison, Gazette State Bureau

Traffic, including oil field tankers, fills Central Avenue in Sidney as Eastern Montana experiences an oil boom. Photo by Larry Mayer/Gazette Staff

SIDNEY --- Out in the epicenter of the oil and gas boom, communities are growing so quickly they can't keep up with their basic infrastructure needs such as water and sewage treatment facilities, housing and roads and bridges.

Upgrading water and sewage treatment facilities is the most pressing need in Sidney, public works director Jeff Hintz said. It may cost up to $18 million for the wastewater plant, $17 million for the water treatment plant and $3 million to replace the water storage tank.

Yet local officials said they haven't received much help yet from state government.

Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/oil-may-boom-but-infrastructure-is-busting-montana-oil-gas/article_2da7780d-773d-57dd-8b26-4bc6a55f2622.html#ixzz3M5JvGnNf

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