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Killdeer Mountain Alliance coordinator Rob Sand gestures to oil wells in the Killdeer Mountains on Thursday. His group tried but failed to stop these wells, and is now working to stop more from being drilled nearby. Katherine Lymn Forum News Service

Fighting for the Killdeer Mountains: Group works to protect area where soil is untilled and 'rich with possibility'

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KILLDEER, N.D. -- Rob Sand has one last hope.

As part of the Killdeer Mountain Alliance, he has worked to protect the mountains he grew up hunting and riding horses on from oil drilling.

His group represents archaeologists, historians, hunters, Native Americans and biologists who are concerned about the area where the soil is untilled and "rich with possibility," said Mary Sand, Rob's wife.

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