ND GOP Gov opposes drilling in national park

North Dakota's Republican governor appeared to distance himself Friday from GOP congressional candidate Rick Berg's assertion that Social Security coffers could be bolstered by horizontally drilling under the state’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
 
A spokesman for Gov. John Hoeven, the favorite to replace retiring Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), told the Fargo (N.D.) Forum newspaper Friday that “the governor does not support drilling within national parks.”
 
Berg – who is leading in his race against Democratic Rep. Earl Pomeroy to control North Dakota’s lone House seat – had suggested to the newspaper's editorial board Wednesday that horizontally drilling under the national park and other federal lands could be a way to provide funds for Social Security.
 
A Berg spokesman afterward clarified to The Hill that he would not support actual drilling in the park itself or any other activity that would affect the scenic beauty or otherwise harm the park.