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Minnkota Power & Summit Carbon Solutions Join Forces on CO2 Storage

Milton R. Young Station/Center, NDGRAND FORKS, N.D. (KFGO) – A North Dakota-based power cooperative and an Iowa company announced an agreement Thursday to co-develop carbon dioxide storage facilities. Minnkota Power Cooperative of Grand Forks and Ames, Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions said the CO2 storage facilities would be located in western North Dakota, near the town of Center. Minnkota and Summit…

ND governor seeks to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) — Governor Doug Burgum announces an effort to make North Dakota carbon-neutral by the end of the 2030. The announcement came at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck. Burgum says the state could gain an advantage by storing carbon by creating an enhanced oil recovery plan with carbon. Ron Ness, President of the North Dakota Petroleum…

North Dakota to Receive $2.8 Million for Abandoned Coal Mines

Twenty-five coal producing states and three tribes received grants.

BISMARCK, N.D.–North Dakota is among about two dozen states set to receive millions in federal funding for reclaiming abandoned coal mines. The U.S. Interior Department is awarding states and tribes a total of $170 -million dollars. North Dakota will get $2.8 million for coal mine reclamation and repurposing projects. The agency provides the grants to the 25 coal producing states…

Coal Production in North Dakota Dropped 8% in 2019

The state's five coal mines produced 27.2 million tons of lignite.

BISMARCK, N.D.–Coal production in North Dakota dropped 8% in 2019, compared to the prior year. A trade group says the state’s five coal mines produced 27.2 million tons of lignite. The Lignite Energy Council says the reduction was mainly due to major outages at various power plants and maintenance at the Great Plains Synfuels Plant. The lower tonnage also resulted…

Coal Conveyor that Crosses Highway to be Removed

The tube that for decades served as a landmark along the road in central North Dakota is being removed Monday.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ The huge white tube between Washburn and Underwood that once carried coal over U.S. Highway 83 is coming down. The Bismarck Tribune reports the tube that for decades served as a landmark along the road in central North Dakota is being removed Monday. It’s part of a 3-mile conveyor that the Falkirk Mining Co. installed in…

Coal Train Derails Near Fisher, Minnesota

A total of 14 cars of the BNSF train derailed

POLK COUNTY, MN — Crews are cleaning up a coal train derailment east of Fisher, Minnesota. The derailment was reported to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office around 2:30 this morning. A total of 14 cars of the BNSF train derailed. The cars were carrying coal. No one was hurt. A portion of County 61 in the area is closed while…

BNSF Train Plows Through Semi’s Trailer in Stutsman County

The sheriff's office says 44-year-old Shane Steele of Montpelier was driving a semi loaded with grain

STUTSMAN COUNTY, N.D. — A semi driver was hurt in a crash with a train last week in Stutsman County. The sheriff’s office says 44-year-old Shane Steele of Montpelier was driving a semi loaded with grain Thursday afternoon just east of Cleveland. Steele was attempting to cross the tracks when a BNSF coal train crashed through the semi’s trailer. The engineer…

EPA Administrator Signing New Rule that Ends Obama-era Clean Power Plan

That plan was intended to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants

NORTH DAKOTA — North Dakota’s coal industry is getting a boost from the EPA. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says he will sign a new rule that will end the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. That plan was intended to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Senator John Hoeven said the costly regulations unfairly targeted North Dakota and required a 45…