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).