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North Dakota lawmakers to tour state's oil patch

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Dozens of North Dakota lawmakers will be getting a tour next month of the state's booming oil patch and its impact on the region.

The North Dakota Petroleum Council is sponsoring the event. It's the second such tour that will precede a Legislative session in recent years.

Officials in oil producing counties hope the trip will pay off with what they say is sorely needed additional state spending on oil patch infrastructure in the western part of the state.

North Dakota Petroleum Council spokeswoman Alexis Brinkman says the two-day bus tour begins Aug. 26 and more than 40 lawmakers will take part.

Lawmakers are slated to visit drilling rig and oil well sites and spend the night in a crew camp.