Will Boom Times Lead to Prosperity in Utah's Uintah Basin?
Vernal, Utah – New drilling rigs are springing up across the Uintah Basin of eastern Utah, with dozens of new natural gas wells going in. Jobs in the energy industry are plentiful right now, with many workers coming in to Utah from out of state and even outside the country. Industry and community leaders are wondering how to translate that short-term prosperity into long-term gains for a region that has lived with a boom-and-bust cycle for generations. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.