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Oil Patch County Trying to Slow Growth of Man Camps

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WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Officials in a northwestern North Dakota county have put a moratorium on so-called man camps that house oil patch workers. 

The Williams County Planning and Zoning Commission is recommending that the county no longer issue permits for new temporary housing units, or allow current facilities to expand or increase the number of beds. County officials believe the man camps are hurting developers in the region and stunting the growth of communities. 

Commission Chairman Tate Cymbaluk says the camps will never completely go away, but the county is trying to phase out smaller camps that are placed around existing businesses.

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