Oil drilling threatens solitude of national park

Associated Press
In this Wednesday, June 11, 2014 photo, oil production can be seen within the scenic views of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, located in the Badlands of North Dakota. Some visitors have reported hearing the sounds of the oil industry deep inside the park. The Little Missouri River and the park’s canyons can amplify noise from miles away, making the development seem even closer. Oil development is strictly forbidden within the park itself, but park officials worry that the flares and noise from drilling just beyond the protected area sullies the natural spaces that drew Roosevelt here as a bespectacled young man in his mid-20s. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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The resurgent American oil industry is tapping into the rugged landscape of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the Badlands. The vistas that soothed Roosevelt's grief and helped instill his zeal for conservation now include oil rigs and flares used to burn off natural gas that comes to the surface. (AP)

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