Man Camps Spring Up in Marshall County, WV Near Drill Sites

Housing for workers is always an issue when a lot of drilling comes to town. Even if rig workers are not from out of state, more times than not, they are from another area in the state being drilled. That is, they’re still “out of towners” and they need a place to stay. Sometimes drillers will rent hotel rooms for workers. Sometimes RV parks fill up. And sometimes local apartment rentals go through the roof, creating a “crisis” for welfare slugs who need to rent a decent place to live while they don’t work (see New Study Claims Housing Crisis in NE PA from Gas Drilling).

Enter the man camp. Or as it’s called in Marshall County, WV, the “labor camp.” Labor camp sounds like something from North Korea or the old Putin-style Soviet Union. At any rate, labor camps are springing up in Marshall County, WV to handle some of the need for workers to have a place to stay while working on rigs that move from place to place…

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