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Glacier park looks to influence Blackfeet drilling

Friday - 12/21/2012, 3:31pm  ET

Associated Press

BROWNING, Mont. (AP) -- On the edge of the Blackfeet Indian reservation, oil exploration companies are drilling wells as the tribe dreams of a strike that will lift its people out of poverty.

Not much oil has been found, but beneath the reservation is a rock formation that some believe could unleash a mini boom.

That potential has raised concerns next door at Glacier National Park. Park officials warn about the potential impact on grizzly bear habitat and wilderness views.

Superintendent Chas Cartwright says he wants to make sure development is done right.

Tribal officials are simmering about interference by outsiders who presume to know how to better develop the land than the tribe. They say the tribe does all it is required and has no duty to respond to the park service.

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