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Oct. 1, 2013, 8:33 a.m.

State Sen. Tracy Pot­ter (D) says ND “should have bet­ter man­aged its oil de­vel­op­ment and avoided ‘Ho­even­ville’ tent cit­ies” while cri­ti­ciz­ing Gov. Jon Ho­even (R) for “fail­ing to con­trol the pace of oil de­vel­op­ment.”

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Pot­ter: “What we have seen … in this oil boom … is the de­vel­op­ment of these Ho­even­villes, these tent cit­ies, people liv­ing in tents in Wil­lis­ton, the Hal­libur­ton man camps, the very fact that our in­fra­struc­ture is not able to keep pace. This is poor plan­ning. What should have happened is the de­vel­op­ment should have been staged, reg­u­lated in such a way that it happened but that it happened at a pace that we could keep track of.”

But Ho­even countered that “Pot­ter’s reg­u­lat­ory ap­proach would have slowed the state’s eco­nomy.”

Ho­even said ND “is one of the states in the whole coun­try with a grow­ing eco­nomy, and my op­pon­ent … wants to talk about how to slow down job growth at a time when the coun­try is in a re­ces­sion. We are grow­ing the eco­nomy and cre­at­ing more jobs and people work­ing hard to ad­dress the needs that come with it.”

Ho­even noted that ND “in­creased rev­en­ue from oil that goes back to counties” to $170M over the past two years (Schramm, Minot Daily News, 9/1).

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