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Associated Press, Published May 02 2012

Effects of ND's oil boom in SD focus of conference

SPEARFISH, S.D. — Representatives from several industries are going to be on hand in Spearfish on Wednesday and Thursday to learn about the effects of the North Dakota oil boom on people and businesses in South Dakota.

The Black Hills Bakken Conference will feature discussions on infrastructure planning, landowner issues and how businesses can best benefit from the boom that is moving south. It will be held at the Spearfish Holiday Inn Convention Center.

North Dakota Petroleum Council President Ron Ness says at least one North Dakota drilling operator is starting to drill in South Dakota to save on costs.

Sturgis businessman Branden Bestgen is organizing the conference. He says there needs to be a bigger push in South Dakota to take advantage of the oil boom opportunities.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.