Thursday, May 24, 2012
Bakken2 | I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore (Carpe Diem)
Bakken 2? Oil Prosperity Comes to South Kansas; Could Be Largest Economic Impact in State History
Anthony, KAN. (CNNMoney) -- "It doesn't feel like we're in Kansas anymore. Oil rigs are springing up in farmers' fields. "No vacancy" signs hang in the windows of local motels, and a steady stream of trucks barrel through Main Streets. Along the state's southern border, the once-quiet farm towns are quickly transforming into oil boomtowns.
Hundreds of workers seeking high-paying jobs are flocking to places like Harper County, which had resorted to paying people to live there because of its declining population. Businesses are coming back from the dead and a housing shortage has caused rents to triple.
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