Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+
The oil boom in western North Dakota has caused a housing crisis in the area. There is a lack of housing available and Williston, ND was rated the most expensive place to live in the country last year. The U.S Bureau of Land Management is beginning work on a housing complex for federal workers in the U.S. Agriculture Department Forest Service near Dickinson this week. Temporary housing for government workers is needed in order to not only attract more workers to the area but also house the workers that are already present and do not plan to live in the state permanently.
The Associated Press reports:
“The bureau says the agencies are having trouble attracting qualified new employees who are willing to move to North Dakota. It says its North Dakota field office has had a large increase in its oil and gas workload but difficulties finding housing for employees.”