Board delays ND land leasing for oil drillingBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Some state property in western North Dakota's scenic Badlands won't be leased for oil exploration next week.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Some state property in western North Dakota's scenic Badlands won't be leased for oil exploration next week.
Oil leases on more than 73,000 acres of state land are scheduled to be auctioned Tuesday. They will give the lease buyer the right to explore for oil.
North Dakota's Board of University and School Lands controls the auction. The board voted Friday to exclude 3,800 acres from the sale.
The Game and Fish Department says the land includes important breeding grounds for wildlife.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple is chairman of the board. He says it will develop a policy for reviewing land before it's put on the auction list, to identify property with strong environmental value.
Dalrymple says the land that's being held out of the auction could be leased later this year.