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Category Archive: Coal

  1. Mapleton Companies Developing Bio-Coal Technologies

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    Businessmen Norm Miller and Dan Skolness have invested more than $1 million in three Mapleton-based start-up companies – BIONRG Inc., InvenTus, and Macro Fab – for producing and selling clean coal and biomass-related products. According to Miller, the bio-coal he produces, while more expensive, contains 20 percent more BTUs than traditional coal. The company plans to expand from seven employees to twenty-five employees by the end of the year. Read more in Prairie Business Magazine.

  2. ND Wind Energy May Expand Under Proposed Carbon Rules

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    Officials with the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) say that North Dakota may be able to supply neighboring states with increased energy from wind as those states work to comply with newly-proposed federal regulations seeking to reduce carbon emissions. EPA has set a carbon reduction goal of 30 percent nationwide from existing coal-fired power plants. North Dakota has a state-level reduction target of 11 percent, according to the EPA rule. Read more in the Bakken Breakout.

  3. Kalk Named to National Coal Council

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    US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has appointed North Dakota Public Service Commission Chairman Brian Kalk to serve on the National Coal Council. The council makes recommendations to the energy secretary on issues relating to coal. Kalk was elected to the Public Service Commission in 2008. Read more in the Bakken Breakout.

  4. Senators Seek Longer Comment Period on Proposed Coal Regs

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    Several US Senators, including North Dakota’s John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to allow additional time for public comment on proposed greenhouse gas rules for existing coal-fired power plants.  The agency is expected to release the proposed rules next week.  The senators want the agency to provide the same timeframe for public comment that was given to proposed rules released last year for greenhouse gas emissions from new coal-fired power plants.  Read more in the Dickinson Press.

     

  5. BNSF adding resources in North Dakota

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    BNSF Railway Co. is looking to decrease delays in North Dakota by adding as many as 5,000 crew members in their system, which will include 250 additional temporary workers in North Dakota alone. BNSF also plans to add 5,000 additional rail cars and 125 locomotives to help combat delays that have been affecting the state during recent months. The railway plays a major role in oil production in the state by hauling crude oil out and needed supplies in. Because much rail resource has been devoted to the oil production, other industries, such as agriculture, are experiencing up to 40 day delays in moving product. Read the full article from the Bismarck Tribune.

  6. New decision supports coal ash recycling

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    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently reached a favorable decision regarding coal ash use for construction materials. A representative from EPA’s Office of Solid Waste said that “the protective reuse of coal ash advances sustainability by saving valuable resources, reducing costs, and lessening environmental impacts.” See more from Bloomberg.com.

  7. Symposium set to discuss EPA Carbon Regulations

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    Proposed EPA regulations on carbon will be discussed January 22 at a symposium hosted by the North Dakota Public Service Commission. The state Commissioners, Brian Kalk, Randy Christmann and Julie Fedorchak will oversee the agenda, which includes discussion from the EPA Region 8 Administrator. In addition, the public is welcome to join the discussion from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. In regard to the new regulations, Commissioner Randy Christmann says that “This poses a huge threat to our state’s lignite industry and the more than 20,000 hardworking people employed by it.” Read the full news release on the PSC’s website.

  8. Coal takes to the road

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    Basin Electric Power Cooperative has taken its coal to the highways to supplement coal deliveries currently not being met by BNSF Railway. Basin is currently running 250 hauls of coal a day from the Coteau Mine, northeast of Beulah, to the Leland Olds Station at Stanton. The company started using trucks for transporting its coal because they are having a tougher time meeting the strict two hour time frame that BNSF requires to fill a 60-car coal train. A representative from Basin Electric said that the rail company used to be more flexible with the time frame, but due to increased business, does not have the crews available at this time. See the full article from the Bismarck Tribune.

  9. Reclamation process complete after two decades

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    After more than two decades, the Falkirk Mining Company will be released from its bond on two parcels of land in McLean County in January. The land was originally mined between 1979-1985, and totals more than 175 acres and is located near Underwood, ND. Crop land now makes up 150 acres of the total area. The North Dakota Public Service Commission said that it is “important to bring the land back into production” no matter the size of the area. The commission voted unanimously for the bond release. Read the full article in the Bismarck Tribune.