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Rancher Jacki Schilke, pictured here Dec. 5, 2012, near Williston, N.D., worries the declining health of her animals may be related to oil development that surrounds her land. Amy Dalrymple/Forum Communications

Oil development poses risks for livestock

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WILLISTON, N.D. - Jacki Schilke likes to say her black angus cattle live in harmony with the cats and dogs on her rural Williston ranch.

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But recently, Schilke's ranch has not been in harmony with oil development expanding around her 160 acres.

Five cows, one bull, two dogs and as many as two dozen farm cats have died in the past two years, and Schilke worries the dozens of oil wells within three miles of her ranch could be to blame.

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