Watching Government: Challenges for local governments

12/26/2011
Many rural US communities facing economic pressures and high unemployment would welcome oil and gas resource development although it can challenge local governments, Daryl Dukard, commissioner of Dunn County, ND, said Dec. 7. The county in southwestern North Dakota covers 2,080 sq miles and has about 3,800 residents. Its biggest town, Killdeer, is home to 750. Dunn Center, where Dukard lives, has around 100 residents, he told a seminar on tight oil at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. About 34 rigs currently drill in the county, he said, adding 80-120 workers support each rig. Most workers come from outside Dunn County. His observations were similar to those of western r...
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