September 19, 2012 12:45 PM

U.S. oil boom comes with tradeoffs and an ugly underbelly

. Politicians are quick to extol the virtues of domestic oil drilling while ignoring the tradeoffs. Here in this fast-developing Western oil patch, the gritty side of America’s new oil boom is on display with rising crime, a slain schoolteacher, rents that have tripled and public resources stretched thin.

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