- Associated Press - Sunday, June 19, 2016

LINTON, N.D. (AP) - Emmons County is benefiting from hundreds of Dakota Access Pipeline workers who are living in the area.

The agrarian county is used to getting a boost from river fishing and camping folks, but large-scale industrial projects are mostly far off the county’s economic map, so all of the welders, excavators and other pipeline workers who have recently moved to town are unprecedented.

Todd Mulske, owner of Linton Food Center, said steaks and potato chips have been flying off the shelves because many of the workers show up at the store around 5 or 6 p.m., looking for something to throw on the grill or pack for lunch the following day.

Joy Bosch, Linton’s deputy auditor, told the Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/1Pn1Brh) that her office’s phone has been ringing off the hook with calls from people looking for a place to stay while they work on the pipeline. But she says there are no vacancies available.

Tiffany Heer, owner of Bayside Resort, said there are 55 pipeline workers living in campers on her property.

“I like the energy that’s coming with the pipeline. It’s such a nice thing to see happen to our local community,” she said.

It’s unclear exactly how many workers are in Emmons County, but Dakota Access Pipeline will employ about 4,000 union workers in each of the four states where the pipeline is being built, according to company spokeswoman Lisa Dillinger.

She said a spread, a specific construction segment such as the one in Emmons County, requires about 600 to 800 workers.

Pipeline workers are expected to continue their work in Emmons County into the fall.

The 1,160-mile, $3.8 billion pipeline will carry oil from northwest North Dakota to Illinois.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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