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Published October 22, 2013, 02:05 PM

North Dakota group meeting over Roosevelt drilling

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A company that wanted to drill an oil well just feet from North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt National Park has offered another option that has a better chance of winning approval.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A company that wanted to drill an oil well just feet from North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt National Park has offered another option that has a better chance of winning approval.

ExxonMobile subsidiary XTO Energy Inc. had staked a well within 300 feet of the park's Elkhorn Ranch where President Theodore Roosevelt built a cabin in the early 1880s.

XTO withdrew the proposal in March after public opposition.

The Bismarck Tribune reports the state Industrial Commission meets Tuesday to consider an alternative that would move drilling two miles northwest to an existing well site.

The Badlands Conservation Alliance director says her group prefers a moratorium on any development until the Industrial Commission comes up with a strategy to protect special places, but XTO's application is a good step.

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