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State careful when leasing land for oil development

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BISMARCK -- A federal wildlife refuge and a deposit of flint once used for making stone tools are among the areas where oil and gas companies are seeking mineral rights at an upcoming state auction.

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But those areas have been flagged as sensitive by state agencies that are now asked to review the long list of state-owned lands where mineral rights may be leased.

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Mike Nowatzki
Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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