The Beacon News
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Years ago Mercer County experienced a wave of new development that had the coal industry and residents working to try to find compromises that would benefit everyone. Now, with the oil patch creeping closer on the horizon, those experiences from the past could help usher in safer oil development likely in the county’s future.
Large-scale development and an influx of workers has affected Dunn County for a number of years, forcing officials to react to new challenges that come up when the oil patch sets in. As the oil patch slowly creeps east into eastern Dunn County and potentially crossing into Mercer County in the future, some officials spoke about lessons learned concerning oil patch development.
About 20 people gathered Friday outside of Zap on County 17 to speak with county commissioners and each other about a proposed change in the road’s structure.
Hay cuttings are one of the top orders of business for producers in the area. They’re doing the best they can, although Mother Nature has thrown plenty of obstacles their way.