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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.

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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