- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A state district judge has upheld Williston’s July 1 deadline for oil field crew camps to shut down, though the legal battle continues in a separate case in federal court.

Target Logistics and Lodging Solutions sued the city in April, saying they’ve been treated unfairly. The two workforce housing companies asked Judge Paul Jacobson to issue an injunction against the deadline, but the judge on Wednesday sided with the city.

Jacobson said the companies’ claims of irreparable harm were “speculative and unsupported,” the Williston Herald reported (http://bit.ly/1UFx8sw ).

City officials maintain that the construction of new apartments and hotels has caught up with population growth, and temporary worker camps are no longer needed. Mayor Howard Klug said Jacobson’s ruling validates the city’s actions.

“It just proved to me that the city followed the procedures that we needed to do all along,” he said.

Oil industry officials say that despite the current oil slump, some temporary housing is still needed for rotational workers, beyond hotels that don’t serve meals and apartments that workers don’t need most of the time.

The dispute is continuing in a separate case in federal court that involves Halliburton as a third plaintiff. A hearing is set in that case Monday.

Target Logistics spokesman Randy Pruett said the fight isn’t over, and that what is at stake “is our ability to maintain our longstanding commitment to this region by securing long-term permits from the city, or from the courts if necessary, that allow us the right, appropriately, to control our own land.”

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Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com

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