SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) _ The possibility of an increase in energy production is spurring South Dakota lawmakers to consider a package of legislation aimed at helping get the state ready.
Rep. Tona Rozum of Mitchell said that South Dakota needs to be better prepared than North Dakota was for its oil boom. North Dakota is dealing with problems such as a lack of affordable housing in the oil patch and damage to roads from oil traffic.
Brookings Rep. Spencer Hawley says a focus will be on helping landowners guard against harm to their property. Rozum says one pressing need is establishing a mediation program to help with disputes between landowners and drilling companies.
A study recently released by the governor's office concluded that a big oil boom in South Dakota isn't likely.