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ND panel pulls private land from drilling rule

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The North Dakota Industrial Commission says people should have a right to comment on oil drilling on public land but not on private land. 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.

They voted on Monday to cut private land out of the proposal. Stenehjem last year submitted a proposed list of 18 places for special protection.

The so-called special or extraordinary places list included private and public land. Stenehjem's proposal has been criticized by some Republican lawmakers and oil and farm groups because it had included a provision for public comment on drilling on private land. Conservation groups wanted the policy to include public review for public and private land.