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New CO2 rules threaten North Dakota prosperity

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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ND mulls lawsuit challenging feds’ new greenhouse gas limits

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the state “is very seriously considering” a legal fight against new federal rules designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants. North Dakota is among 16 states that will have to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions the most under the new Environmental Protection Agency rules. North Dakota’s target ...

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Oil and brine released near Lignite


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media One hundred barrels (4,200 gallons) of brine and oil were spilled into a slough in Burke County yesterday according to Forum News Service and the North Dakota Department of Health. An undetermined ratio of brine and oil was released from a feeding line from an oil well just outside of Lignite, N.D. Cleanup response ...

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Coal trucks to stop rolling through Mercer County


 By Brian Gehring Highway 200A between Beulah and the Missouri River should be less congested starting today. For most of January, a fleet of 50 dump trucks owned by Northern Improvement has been hauling lignite coal to Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s LeLand Olds stations near Stanton. Curt Person, spokesman for Basin Electric, said the 250 loads of coal a day for ...

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