Garrett County and Natural Gas - Risks and Benefits

A selection of categorized links to allow one to assess the risks and benefits of gas development in Garrett Conty.

Garrett County Montage


With the influx of 'out-of-staters, and a workforce that is made up of 'frontier's men', changes in the crime rate are inevitable. The following links look at that phenomenon.

- 1112 - [February 12, 2014] - Time, - "10 Cities Where Violent Crime Is Soaring"
"According to data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the United States is becoming safer nearly every year. In the 20 years through 2012, the U.S. violent crime rate has been almost cut in half. Just since 2007, the nation’s violent crime rate has declined from 471.8 to 386.9 incidents per 100,000 people.
6. Morgantown, W. Va.
Cases of aggravated assault, which more-than doubled over the past five years, have largely driven the rise in the Morgantown area’s violent crime rate. Aside from aggravated assaults, other violent crime rates actually declined between 2007 and 2012, as did property crime rates. Morgantown’s 5.3% unemployment rate in 2012 was one of the lower ones in the nation. Job growth in the area has been positive in recent years, and the unemployment rate has returned to pre-recession levels. The city of Morgantown itself is quite small with only about 30,000 residents, while the area is also home to West Virginia University, which itself had more than 29,000 students last fall."
- 1884 - [May 18, 2015] -, James Macpherson | The Associated Press - "North Dakota parole, probation officers see surge in cases"
"North Dakota’s robust economy, growing population and more money dedicated to cracking down on crime has led to a record number of people on parole and probation, putting additional strain on the officers who must monitor them, officials say....
The number of people on parole or probation in North Dakota was 6,843 late last week, up more than 800 people from the same time one year ago and more than 2,050 since 2010, Tomanek said."