MCCOMB, Miss. — Pike County is joining a private company to provide housing to oilfield workers in McComb.
The Enterprise-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1q1EGdo ) Supervisor Chuck Lambert told a civic club this week the county will buy 110 acres east of Interstate 55.
He said 40 acres will be sold to CMS Consultants, a company from Metairie, Louisiana, that offers logistical services to the oil and gas industry.
Lambert said CMS is planning to build Shale Lodge, a complex with dozens of eight-bed modular housing units, a cafeteria, laundry, recreational facilities and other amenities.
"By having the workforce housing, they'll all be contained," Lambert said, referring to the out-of-town workers expected to come during the oil boom.
"The laundry and cafeteria will all be done there, and it will ease some of the traffic."
The county will clear the remaining 70 acres, build a two-lane gravel road and lay a sewer main that would tie into McComb's west lagoon, Lambert said.
Lambert said that the oil boom inevitably will result in a large population increase, bringing more crime, traffic and other issues, and Pike County needs to have the infrastructure to handle that.
"You can have a place like this or you can have mobile homes being rented out," he said. "I like the idea of knowing exactly where they're going to be."
Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation is located in southwest Mississippi and central Louisiana. Experts have said the formation could hold 7 billion barrels of oil. Dozens of wells are being drilled in the area.
Information from: Enterprise-Journal, http://www.enterprise-journal.com