|Oil drilling threatens solitude of national park|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK, N.D. — After the last hints of sunset dip behind the hills, the North Dakota horizon comes alive with flickering orange flames of a different kind — natural gas flares.
These tiny tongues of fire burn bright against the dark prairie just beyond the boundaries of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the Badlands, where the man who later became the nation’s 26th president sought solace after his wife and mother both died unexpectedly on the same day in 1884 in his native New York.
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