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"Oil Boom" Still in the Works

The "Oil Boom" has not completely settled in San Angelo, but it is clear that the oil industry has already increased our population affecting everyone's day to day activities. San Angelo Mayor Dwain Morrison and SAPD Chief Vasquez say the city are working to adjust to current and future changed San Angelo may encounter.
The "Oil Boom" has not completely settled in San Angelo, but it is clear that the oil industry has already increased our population affecting everyone's day to day activities.

San Angelo Mayor Dwain Morrison and SAPD Chief Vasquez say the city are working to adjust to current and future changed San Angelo may encounter.

Connie Gonzalez reports...

Today, Texas is the leading oil-producer in the nation producing over 1 million (M) barrels a day.

San Angelo Mayor, Dwain Morrison, says "Take advantage of it. Make those bigger wages and improve your living, and as everything goes up then hopefully we can get through this."

Communities around the state like San Angelo are having to make several adjustments to the issues that accompany a booming industry.

San Angelo Police Department Chief, Tim Vasquez, says anytime you see an increase in population you're going to see an increase in crime.

"Where we saw the increase was in theft [...] if you leave it out in the open somebody is going to probably steal it."

As a result, you're going to need additional officers.

"We have done all we can at this point to maximize the amount of officers we have right now."

Vasquez says the department requested additional officers, but have not received approval for any.

"I do believe that the addition of the officers will make a significant impact."

The additional 19 officers requested can cost up to $1 million (M) annually. Mayor Morrison says that is one of the many issues City Council needs to address.

The Oil Industry is accountable for 1.8 million (M) jobs in Texas, significantly decreasing the state unemployment rate, but not every individual can take advantage. With the increase in housing rates Morrison says he is concerned about those single parents not being able to support their family.

"It will wake you up in the middle of the night, because it is a problem and I don't have the answers."
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