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ND oil patch county cracks down on new crew camps

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Williams County Commission has adopted new rules that are intended to phase out temporary housing, including crew camps, RV and trailer parks and modular homes.

The Williston Herald reports the commission voted Tuesday to adopt the new guidelines that put restrictions on new or renewed applications for temporary housing starting Aug. 1.

Commissioners say they don’t want to completely ban temporary housing because they fear it could increase apartment and permanent housing costs.

Data show that Williams County has at least 18 total temporary housing facilities. But the number of beds at the facilities has dropped from about 8,000 in 2012 to less than 4,200 at present.

In related news, SEC lawsuit alleges Ponzi scheme over North Dakota ‘man camps’.

Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com

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  1. Can’t help but wonder what a free market would look like in this town. #control, #interference, #powertrip.

  2. Rentals are already ridiculous in the Bakken, $2500 a month for trailer…

  3. Just think if this environment keeps up they will pay you to rent.

  4. I always lived in company housing or rented an apartment, dickinson or watford or ray or tioga, who the hell pays $2500 a month?

  5. If your still paying $2500 your dumb. Average price for 2 bed 2 bath apartments in williston are 1700 all utilities included with a 2 car garage.

  6. How can a guy make some net pay with those rents over there?

  7. News flash 1 bedroom apartments are 1800 to 2000 dollars and two bedroom apartments are 2800 – 3200 don’t worry about the little guy we’ll fend for ourselves

  8. Hell the workers are getting raped with the high cost of living. Just because these big oil companies make millions doesn’t mean your average worker does. What good is it to make the oilfield money when you are being bent over by the local grocery store and landlord??

  9. One has roommates like before the boom. $400 month rent isn’t much, unless you make $5.50 hr. One grosses $880 month. Take out taxes, and rent. Some includes heat/ some didn’t. Had to pay ones phone. Not much left. Get another job or/and a roomate. The apts that one paid lower rent for had to pay heat and electricity.

  10. i have been there how come in an oil boom place the rent is to high but if a storm came anywhere and took out half The housing and the houseing that was left the rent went up 2 r 3 times the people could go to jail ?????? Just saying

  11. whats dumb is anybody paying more then 750 r 1000 a month that’s way aim not there and the company you work for that’s worth millions charge u rent to start with u know that going in to some soups pockets and not coops that’s shows income and good company likes to show as many lists that they can to get more tax cut just saying

  12. They’re worried about the price now?

  13. Just because you make good money on a job doesn’t justify payin out ur ass for housing thats built by scabby hacks who couldn’t pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel. What about the people that have lived there their whole lives who don’t benefit from the oil. The slumlords and merchants should be in jail. I’m just getting started.