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Can North Dakota coal survive in a clean power era?

Freedom Mine, lignite coal, Beulah

In the last few years, it’s oil and gas that people think of when North Dakota’s energy industry is mentioned. But they often forget about #coal, a staple in the state’s energy economy, and still providing a healthy backbone for communities near North Dakota lignite mines. This week, Inside Energy wrote an article detailing why North Dakota lignite is still an influential ...

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Gasoline prices take another big jump in North Dakota

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gasoline prices continue to rise in North Dakota by more than a dime a week. GasBuddy.com reports the average retail price of a gallon of gas rose about 11 cents per gallon in the last week, after rising nearly 11 cents per gallon the previous week and more than 12 cents the week before that. The average ...

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New CO2 rules threaten North Dakota prosperity

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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s “continued prosperity” is at stake and the state’s $4 billion lignite industry is in “mortal danger” due to new federal rules mandating a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fueled power plants, an industry official told lawmakers Tuesday. “The magnitude of this problem is greater than anything we’ve ever dealt with,” Lignite Energy Council President ...

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Man camp gets preliminary approval in Mercer County

Target Logistics, Williston Lodge North, North Dakota. Exterior structures at dusk/dawn.

STANTON, N.D. — A company has received preliminary approval for a man camp between Hazen and Beulah to house workers building a $500 million urea fertilizer plant in the area. The Mercer County Planning and Zoning Commission recommended a plan by Civeo Corp. to move unused oil patch units from Dickinson into Coal Country on Thursday night. Planning official Wes ...

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16 states get extension on plan to meet new carbon dioxide emissions standards

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BISMARCK, N.D. — The federal agency mandating a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fueled power plants in North Dakota is giving the state more time to submit an implementation plan. Environmental Protection Agency officials have agreed to move the deadline from September 2016 to the fall of 2018, North Dakota’s congressional delegation said in a joint statement after ...

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North Dakota getting federal mine safety grant

Coal in the hands of a miner

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Department of Career and Technical Education is getting a share of $8.4 million in federal grant funding to reduce mining accidents and injuries and for training programs. The grants from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration are aimed at providing miners with federally mandated training. Career and Technical Education is ...

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Sinner says Republican wave too much to overcome

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Democratic candidate for North Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat said his loss to Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer by 30,000 votes shows that the outcome was “meant to be.” George Sinner says he believed the race would be closer, but his campaign was outspent as the election drew near and Cramer rode the Republican wave to ...

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Polls opening across ND for midterm election

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Polls are opening across North Dakota for the midterm election. Polling sites are open in most counties from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time Tuesday. Lines had formed by opening time in Fargo, the state’s largest city. The National Weather Service forecast indicates favorable conditions, with highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s. Voters will ...

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North Dakota gets $3.3 million for abandoned mine reclamation

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota is getting a $3.3 million federal grant for coal mine reclamation projects. The money is going to the North Dakota Public Service Commission, which has identified three projects that need reclamation in western North Dakota. One of the major projects is to remove a 3,500-foot long, 80-foot wall that was created through surface mining ...

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Bakken Briefings

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Tioga day care gets funding Bright Beginnings Daycare, a new venture by Tioga residents Katie and Dan Seiler, has received approval for a $15,000 loan buydown and a $5,000 grant from the Tioga Fund. The Tioga City Commission approved the funding recently. After sitting through 45 minutes of other city business, Katie Seiler had barely begun to describe the project ...

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