BEULAH, N.D. — The operator of one of the biggest crew camps in the western North Dakota oil patch won’t be moving the housing units to coal country.
The Capital Lodge company had wanted to move unused temporary units from a site near Tioga to a site near Beulah, to house up to 400 workers who will build a urea fertilizer plant in the area.
The proposal sparked objections from some Beulah residents who worried about increased crime, traffic and stress on city services. City leaders attached a set of conditions to an operating permit — including a $400-per-bed fee — and that has rendered the project economically unfeasible, Capital Lodge CEO Mike Boudreaux said.
“We were torn, but the scope of work and the opportunity changed so much with the advent of the ‘not in my backyard’ ordinance,” he told The Bismarck Tribune.
Beulah Mayor Darrell Bjerke said he had hoped the crew camp would boost the local economy and expand the town.
“You don’t know what would have been. If they had installed infrastructure, it could have saved someone some money for a later use,” he said.
Capital Lodge plans to focus on natural gas development opportunities in Louisiana and move half of its Tioga units there, according to Boudreaux. Workers building the fertilizer plant near Beulah likely will have to commute once area apartments and recreational vehicle camps are full, he said.
Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com
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