February 11, 2009: Victory! North Dakota Public Service Commission Takes Step Toward Better Enforcement of Mining Laws

The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) said today that GTL Energy must respond within 20 days to a complaint filed last month on behalf of landowners and the non-profit group Dakota Resource Council. Written by Plains Justice, the complaint asks the PSC to require a surface mining permit for GTL Energy’s coal preparation plant being built near South Heart, North Dakota. The permit would require the facility to meet operating and reclamation standards, so, for instance, the area would be restored when the plant reaches the end of its useful life and is shut down. Hundreds of coal processing plants across the country are regulated under surface mining law.

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