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Governor Dalrymple Tours Western North Dakota

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As oil wells are being spread throughout Western North Dakota, the protection of wildlife habitats and historical sites is a priority.

Governor Jack Dalrymple is touring several areas in the region that hold recreational, historical, and cultural importance to the state.

The Little Missouri River State Park is one of them.

These areas are impacted by the oil development and the goal is to make sure that these areas are protected.

"Those are very special areas to us and there is some concern but again, like I mentioned earlier, we have been working with the energy industry, the industrial commission and we'll continue to do so and as we learn more, we'll do more," says Terry Steinwand, Director of ND Game and Fish.

Governor Dalrymple asked all of the state agencies to review every permit that's issued to look at them for potential impacts on wildlife and park systems.

He says in many cases they have changed the location of an oil rig.

"One of the unique things we have in North Dakota is places that are quiet, are beautiful, very very sparsely populated. They have great value. So I think we want to do as much as we can to hang on to that treasure that we have," says Governor Jack Dalrymple.

Governor Dalrymple is chairman of the commission that regulates the state's oil and gas industry.

The commission members will be visiting most of the sites in the oil patch throughout the next several weeks.

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