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North Dakota ‘man camps’ battle pending ban in oil capital

WILLISTON, N.D. – Providers of temporary housing for North Dakota’s oilfield workers are fighting a plan by the state’s energy capital to evict their “man camps,” fearing it could set an example for others and add to the sector’s woes caused by a global commodity slump. Earlier this month, the Williston City Commission voted 3-2 in favor of an ordinance ...

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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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ND luxury man camps offer amenities for roughnecks

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Worker accommodations in North Dakota’s oil patch can be rough: men sleep in tiny trailers with boarded windows, parked cars and overcrowded apartments. The barracks-style “man camps” might imply that roughness of life, too. But for some big oil companies, as the boom matures beyond an insatiable rush for bodies and beds, a number of man ...

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North Dakota tornado prompts safety discussion

Associated Press WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — No sirens or local alert system warned an RV park housing workers in North Dakota’s oil patch about a Memorial Day tornado that injured nine people and damaged or destroyed 15 trailers. Even with warning, there are scant places to take cover in the wide-open plain. Though such weather is rare in the ...

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North Dakota oil boom requires different housing options for workers

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By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media The North Dakota oil boom has caused as housing shortage in the western half of the state. Not only have rent prices grown substantially, making North Dakota the state with the highest rent rates in the nation, but there also isn’t enough housing available. Some companies offer housing solutions to keep their employees from ...

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