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XTO spokeman calls reports to drill near Elkhorn Ranch "premature"

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MEDORA -- An oil company has staked out an area near the site of Theodore Roosevelt's historic Badlands ranch in western North Dakota, alarming those who oversee the popular tourist destination.

"We certainly can't put oil wells right next to the Elkhorn Ranch. We are concerned," Valerie Naylor, the superintendent of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, told The Bismarck Tribune. She called the prospect the worst threat to the park in its history.

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