Bret Smelser http://kufm.org en Oil Boom continues to strain infrastructure of Eastern Montana communities http://kufm.org/post/oil-boom-continues-strain-infrastructure-eastern-montana-communities <p></p><p><em>(Note: This is the first of a six-part series on "Bakken Spinoffs" airing Thursdays through January 9th on "Montana Evening Edition.")</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sidney’s Mayor, Bret Smelser, stood at the corner of his community’s busiest street, Central Avenue. A steady stream of traffic, punctuated with big rigs, leaves thick white exhaust hanging in the frigid air. Smelser nodded to one truck.</span></p><p>“One of our city crew, collecting twice as much garbage as we did two years ago,” he said.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:35:14 +0000 Dan Boyce 12011 at http://kufm.org Oil Boom continues to strain infrastructure of Eastern Montana communities