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Judges toss lawsuit that could have allowed more roads into roadless areas of North Dakota Badlands

A panel of federal appellate judges has upheld a ruling dismissing a lawsuit brought by the state of North Dakota and several western counties that could have resulted in new roads built through parts of the Badlands.

Conservationists welcomed the decision, saying it protects some of the most pristine parts of the Badlands from traffic and, potentially, oil development.

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