XTO: Too early to assume oil exploration near Elkhorn Ranch


The company that has drilling sites staked out near a historic North Dakota landmark said Tuesday it's too early to assume oil exploration will ever take place on the sites.

Through spokesman Jeff Neu, XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, hinted that it may shy away from drilling an area that has been staked out about 100 feet from the entrance of Elkhorn Ranch in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, a former home of its namesake, the "Rough Rider" president.

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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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