In the last ten years, ND has become the country's second-biggest oil-producing state, and it now has the lowest unemployment rate. Oil wells have sprouted all round small agricultural towns like Williston and Watford City. The boom has brought a sudden influx of men who work hour days for six-figure salaries, so there's now a huge population imbalance with many more men than women. Stressed and lonely oil workers with money to spend are turning to alcohol, drugs and sex, but meeting that demand brings consequences. Bars and adult websites are where the men go to meet prostitutes, many of whom have been trafficked by pimps who force them to have tattoos to brand them as property. Police have been overwhelmed by an exploding crime rate, and many local women have started carrying guns as protection against rising violence.
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Steven Grilels appointed as Deputy Secretary. Emails reveal Griles was seriously considering leaving DOI at the time. Dirk Kempthorne named as new Interior secretary. Lynn Scarlett. Kempthorne proposes new regulations that cripple Endangered Species Act.
Government officials in charge of collecting royalties from oil companies accepted ski holidays and other gifts from the firms they were meant to be regulating, as well as using cocaine and having sex with industry executives, according to an official report released yesterday. The inspector general's investigation found a "culture of substance abuse and promiscuity" operating at the mineral management service MMS , the government agency charged with regulating oil companies. The investigation focused on the royalties-in-kind programme which allows oil companies to pay royalties to the federal government in oil and gas rather than cash. The accounts of the partying atmosphere under the Bush administration's oversight of the MMS - or as Devaney put it "a culture of ethical failure" - could prove politically sensitive, given the prominent role of energy as an issue in this election year. The three reports released yesterday point to an atmosphere of dysfunction at the agency.