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In this July 2012 photo, an oil pump is seen far in the distance from near the Elkhorn Ranch in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. A recently approved plan by the state Industrial Commission will keep drilling activity about 2 miles away from the ranch.

Approved plan keeps oil rigs from spoiling view in Elkhorn Ranch

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BISMARCK -- Visitors to the historic Elkhorn Ranch in Theodore Roosevelt National Park won't have to worry about oil rigs spoiling their view after the North Dakota Industrial Commission on Tuesday approved a plan that will keep drilling activity about 2 miles away from the ranch.

Park officials and others raised concerns last March when XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, staked out a site about 100 feet from the entrance to Elkhorn Ranch.

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