Boom creates new pressure in Permian

5 Dec 2019

CARLSBAD — As Eddy County's planner drove through oil country on a recent day, he passed a makeshift RV park and let out a groan.

The small gathering of trailers he saw near the side of the road wasn't permitted by the county. In fact, it wasn't there at all several weeks earlier, the last time Steve McCroskey drove through the area.

Only about one-third of the estimated 180 RV parks in the county have a permit, and new ones are popping up so fast that officials don't have time to send them all violation notices. There are only two code enforcement officers to cover the county's 4,200 square miles.

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