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UND professors study long-term impact of oil worker camps

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - University of North Dakota professors are studying the long-term impact of man camps on land in western North Dakota's oil patch. 

Professors William Caraher and Bret Weber are studying the signature a man camp leaves on the landscape. 

Caraher says that the camps, which house oil field workers, will likely only exist for two or three decades. 

Researchers say camps that are closer to cities and offer comfortable living are likely to have no impact on the landscape because they are designed to be completely portable. But recreational vehicle parks and less organized tent camps could leave behind trash.

 

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