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ND Gov. Owns Stock in Firm Trying to Drill Near TRNP

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Gov. Jack Dalrymple owns stock in the parent of an oil company that has staked out an area near the site of Theodore Roosevelt's historic Badlands ranch in western North Dakota.

Documents filed with the secretary of state's office show that Dalrymple owns shares of stock in ExxonMobil, the parent of XTO Energy. A spokesman for Dalrymple says the governor isn't going to discuss details of his personal finances. 

XTO Energy has staked out an area for up to four oil wells near Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch site. The company says it has made no decisions about actually drilling there. State Mineral Resources officials have scheduled a March 28 hearing. They'll eventually make a recommendation to the state Industrial Commission. Dalrymple is chairman of the commission.

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