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In the 2010 Census, only 100 people lived in Epping, but if two developers have their way that will change soon.
During the Williams County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Thursday, commissioners heard from two developers who hope to build near Epping. Gary Dixon from Nordak submitted a final plat for a development that could include up to 750 homes.
The plan calls for a subdivision that will be built in four phases, and the Army Corps of Engineers has already approved the first three. Dixon explained that since the development is so close to the water, he needed approval from the corps before moving forward.Second subdivision:
Joe LaFave also discussed a development he hopes to build near Epping. While his plans are in the early stage, LaFave asked to talk to the commission to avoid any pitfalls in the future.
“Looking at the development I’ve seen go up in Williston, we’re not attracting retirees to stay here, we’re not allowing the farmers and ranchers to sell their place and go fishing,” LaFave said. “We’re building a lot of high-density things, high-rise apartment buildings.”
LaFave said his development would provide homes on large lots near the Epping-Springbrook Dam.For those who have not been to Williston, high-rise means three stories. A skyscraper is four stories and a dish antenna.
Forget the fire pit. The latest luxury backyards are being outfitted with everything from movie theaters to dishwashers to bathtubs.
Todd and Cathy Ressler's elaborate outdoor kitchen at their suburban New Haven, Conn., home has custom cabinetry, a full bar, a pizza oven and a beer tap. The space also includes radiant-heat light fixtures, allowing the family to use the space in cooler months. And to avoid going back and forth between kitchens, the Resslers purchased a separate set of outdoor flatware and dinnerware. Mr. Ressler, who cooks most meals in the summer months, says he built the new kitchen because he's "really into the outdoors, more than the indoors." The project, which included elevating a deck to the level of their house, cost roughly $100,000.
The homeowner basically wants you to duplicate what they have indoors, outdoors," says Larry Smith, the marketing manager of Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, a Wallingford, Conn.-based company that made the cabinetry in the Ressler home. Newer options include a round Benihana-style "social grill" designed for gathering around during outdoor parties.
"Strange as it may seem, it's as popular in North Dakota and Montana as it is in Southern California."
But the growth in production from the two main shale oil plays–the Bakken in North Dakota and the Eagle Ford in South Texas–has been so fast that infrastructure is still playing catch up, with new trains, rail and terminals being built at a record pace. But still some refiners are hard put to keep up with the new streams.
At the Texas port of Corpus Christi, 108 million barrels of crude–the majority of which was Eagle Ford–moved into the port, with about 43.7 million barrels moving out via rail, barge and truck up the coast to Texas and Louisiana refineries.
Several port customers, including Valero and Flint Hills, both of whom have sizable refineries in Corpus Christi, have started to blend Eagle Ford with foreign crude, said Frank Brogan, Managing Director of the Port of Corpus Christi, Texas.
“It has been a substantial growth as the Eagle Ford crude production has surpassed the ability of the local refineries to refine it,” said Brogan.
The incredible rising North American crude production–both from the shale plays and heavy Canadian crude from the tar sands in Alberta–has created a massive volumes of crude with qualities not particularly suited for many refineries. This is particularly true of the light Eagle Ford, with can carry an API of 47.
Harrisburg, the state capital, needs all the help it can get. The city of about 50,000 was pushed to the brink of bankruptcy in 2011 and remains under state-administered receivership. On July 15, New York-based Guernsey's will mount a seven-day unreserved auction of more than 8,000 items on a site in Harrisburg's City Island. Guernsey's declined to say how much it expects the sale to bring in...By the way, years ago, I walked straight through the city of Harrisburg between 10:00 pm and daylight; I walked right through the highest crime districts; the police said I would not come out the other side of the city alive when I asked for directions on the shortest route through the town. I was hitchhiking from Williston to Europe, where I would spend the summer.