November 26, 2011

NORTH DAKOTA’S OIL BOOM: Oil Rigs Bring Camps of Men to the Prairie. “Confronted with the unusual problem of too many unfilled jobs and not enough empty beds to accommodate the new arrivals, North Dakota embraced the camps — typically made of low-slung, modular dormitory-style buildings — as the imperfect solution to keeping workers rested and oil flowing. . . . A few years ago, when the oil boom was in its infancy, these long-shrinking communities were doing anything to encourage development. Now the state population is growing, money is pouring into communities and the unemployment rate remains by far the lowest in the nation, even though more job seekers arrive every day.”

Meanwhile, in New York State, they’re begging to be allowed to drill for gas.

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