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ND commission to mull proposed drilling rule

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The North Dakota Industrial Commission is considering a proposal designed to lessen the impacts of oil development in the western part of the state. 

The commission regulates oil and gas development in the state.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem make up the panel. Stenehjem last year submitted the proposed list of 18 places for special protection.

The so-called special or extraordinary places list includes private and public land, including the Little Missouri National Grasslands and Lake Sakakawea. Stenehjem's proposal has been criticized by some Republican lawmakers and oil and farm groups.

Conservation groups have supported to plan.

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