Wealth Rises in Mongolia, as Does Worry
By DAN LEVIN, Published: July 15, 2012
ULAN BATOR, Mongolia â€” Three kinds of foreigners, they say, prowl the worldâ€™s energy frontiers: missionaries, misfits and mercenaries.
Howard Hodgson, a weather-beaten Australian drilling executive with the mouth of a sailor, is proud to say he is in it for the money.
When he landed here more than a decade ago, Mr. Hodgson found an economic wasteland still reeling from the fall of Mongoliaâ€™s Communist overlords in 1990. The few other expatriates on the scene were mostly busy proselytizing, and there was little to do during the brutal winters but develop a taste for fermented mareâ€™s milk.
Yet to Mr. Hodgson, a veteran of the wilds of Papua New Guinea, Myanmar and Pakistan, the young democracy was a welcome change of scenery. â€śIâ€™d had enough running….”