Beginning in the mid-1970's, the development of energy resources in the western United States created significant changes in the small, rural communities of this area. Many of the changes were the result of the rapid influx of population associated with industrial activities. It has long been recognized that communities subject to rapid growth have difficulty meeting the physical facility needs of their residents, such as housing, shopping and school facilities, and sewer and water services. In recent years, a growing recognition of the importance of the social effects of rapid community growth has also developed. These effects include the deterioration of the quality of life valued by local residents, problems in integrating newcomers to a small community, the breakdown of interpersonal networks, and an unprecedented need for human services, which is the focus of this publication.
United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Human Development Services, "Planning for Rural Human Services: The Western Energy-Impact Experience" (1983). Fuel Sources. Paper 1.