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Published September 26, 2009, 10:34 PM

Figures on reclaimed N.D. cropland

North American Coal Co.’s Falkirk Mine is the only one of North Dakota’s four large mines that has yet to release cropland or hayland from final bond under reclamation rules set by the state in the 1970s, figures show.

By: Minot Daily News,

UNDERWOOD, N.D. — North American Coal Co.’s Falkirk Mine is the only one of North Dakota’s four large mines that has yet to release cropland or hayland from final bond under reclamation rules set by the state in the 1970s, figures show.

Statewide, 2,145 crop acres, 771 hayland acres and 2,512 native and tame grassland acres have been fully reclaimed to the 1970s standards, according to figures from the state Public Service Commission.

Freedom Mine, also owned by North American Coal, released 398 acres of cropland about a year ago. The Beulah Mine, owned by Dakota Westmoreland, has released 266 crop acres, while the Center Mine, owned by BNI Coal, has released 350 cropland acres and 51 hayland acres under rules that took effect in July 1979.

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