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North Dakota researchers studying ‘man camps’ in oil patch

BISMARCK, N.D. — A multi-university research team is studying temporary trailer parks occupied by thousands of people across North Dakota’s oil patch. The team has been visiting “man camps” throughout the past three years in an effort to preserve their history. The researchers have been photographing and speaking with residents at about 50 to 60 camps in the region, the ...

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Bakken boom-town aims to become more family friendly

Watford City is planning for another major construction season which city and county leaders hope will entice more families to make the city their permanent home, reports The Forum News Service (FNS). The projects the city has planned are aimed to accommodate the growing population of youth. As reported by FNS, McKenzie County Healthcare Systems CEO Dan Kelly said, “For ...

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Residents fear North Carolina pipeline will destroy property values

Economic development and plummeting property values were passionately discussed Monday night during a public meeting with representatives from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which could oversee the proposed 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline that would cut through portions of North Carolina. Supporters — including county commissioners and local government officials — said the pipeline could bring job opportunities to the state’s ...

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Are you in danger of an oil train derailment or fire?

If a crude oil train in Pennsylvania were to derail, catch fire or both, about 1.5 million people are potentially in danger, reported a PublicSource analysis. To break it down, this is equal to one in every nine Pennsylvanians, or 11.5 percent of the state’s population.  Out of the entire state, 327 K-12 schools, 37 hospitals and 61 nursing homes could ...

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Oil dropped, what about rent?

Jesse Godfrey is one of many Odessans who saw the drop-off in oil and gas activity and wonders when the downturn will begin to show up in his living expenses. Godfrey pays $1,200 a month for his apartment, where similar units have risen to a rate of $1,500. The oil patch equipment inspector has lived in Odessa long enough to ...

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Bill would allow property owners to sue over drilling ordinances

The latest bill to be filed after Denton banned hydraulic fracturing would make cities that adopt restrictive drilling regulations pay mineral owners for their loss of property. State Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano, filed legislation last week that he says would set up a mechanism allowing a qualified group of property owners with a state-issued drilling permit to seek payment if ...

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