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Courtesy Photo by Chad Sexton A center-stake flag for a well pad stands about 1,000 feet to the south of the Elkhorn Ranch parking lot on March 16. The juniper and cottonwood trees are within the Elkhorn Ranch Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Oil company stakes out area for well pads steps away from Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch


The sights and sounds of industrial oil drilling could soon be just steps away from one of North Dakota's most treasured historic landmarks.

XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corp., has staked out an area that is as close as 100 feet from a fence separating U.S. Forest Service land from the 218-acre Elkhorn Ranch site in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, TRNP officials said Monday.

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Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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