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Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Braces for expected Oilfield Worker Onslaught

September 15th, 2014 Comments off

oil pumps watford city nd  tom haines the atlantic   creditFollowing a story MHProNews first published Sept. 1, 2014 regarding a modular workforce housing complex to be built in McComb, Mississippi for oilfield workers fracking on the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) in southwest MS and central Louisiana, the 536-bed lodge by CMS Consultants, LLC of Metairie, LA will be constructed in two phases. The first phase will see 240 beds and 270 parking spaces, while the second phase will be another 296 beds and 309 parking spots, according to Similar to college dorms, there will be one or two beds to each unit with a private bath, table and refrigerator, and a dining hall for meals. Each modular building will be comprised of four studio apartments.

In St. Francisville, consultant to landowners Hamilton Willis says of the sixty wells drilled into TMS, 11 are active rigs, and each rig requires almost 200 people for round-the-clock operation. The oilfield workers work seven and 14-day shifts, sleeping in travel trailers near the rig, and then have a near equivalent stretch of time off when they can stay in the modular mancamps, several of which are under construction, as the region braces for an influx of workers. Many area motels and hotels are full. As MHProNews said in the earlier story, geologists estimate there are seven billion barrels of oil in the TMS. ##

(Photo credit: Tom Haines/–oil rigs in Watford City, North Dakota)

Modular Workforce Housing Planned in Mississippi

September 1st, 2014 Comments off

mod mancamp cabin    williston    kari andren and mary pipla   casy page creditThe possibility of up to seven billion barrels of oil in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation in southwest Mississippi and central Louisiana has led the McComb (Miss.) Board of Selectmen to vote in favor of annexing 40 acres for the construction of a 535-unit modular workforce community. Shale Lodge will include a cafeteria, laundry and recreational facilities similar to other workforce accommodations that MHProNews has reported on in the Bakken Shale region of western North Dakota that has drawn thousands of job seekers. Metairie, Louisiana-based CMS Consultants is building the complex that is part of the proposed 240-acre Gateway Industrial Park in Pike County. The city will borrow up to $600,000 to develop the infrastructure site, according to, and stands to cover the cost of the loan in tax revenues over the next five years. Dozens of wells are being drilled in the area. ##

(Photo credit: Casy Page/–Kari Andren and Mary Pipla check out modular mancamp accommodations in Williston, North Dakota)