Rifle, CO

“I think it’s been hardest on the senior citizens, particularly the ones who rent. Like in the case of Battlement Mesa. They jacked rents up to make beaucoup bucks off the drillers, and forced the senior citizens to move out of the places they had lived in for years. So booms can have as much of a negative impact on locals as busts do. Because, during the boom, like in the case of Rifle, your population can just about double, and many of the new people don’t know any of the local traditions, or have respect for the land and wildlife. You know, like, they’ll try to go 70 miles per hour through a herd of sheep that’s crossing the highway. It creates somewhat of a culture clash. The new people try to adapt to small, old-time, ranching communities like ours, while the locals attempt to adapt to the influx of industry folks from all parts of the US. Heck, there was even a roughneck team from China here at one point.”

Leslie Robinson
Rifle, CO

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