Oil production is predicted to be on the rise in 2018 according to the Department of Mineral Resources.
With growing production comes extra people in our communities and the Stanley Mayor says that they are ready for it.
Back in the boom, the mayor remembered lots of traffic and panick because there wasn’t enough housing and strong enough infrastructure.
Now, there are several homes available and rents have gone down about two-thirds of what it used to be.
The mayor says that he doesn’t necessarily want another boom, but a little bit more traffic would be helpful to the city.
“Our infrastructure can handle more people. We’ve got the areas that aren’t built out yet that could handle more houses so I think we’re prepared,” said Fritz Weisenberger, Stanley Mayor.
Currently, he hasn’t noticed more activity but knows that it’s still early in the year.
An additional ten rigs are predicted to be added to the Bakken area.