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Published August 16, 2010, 11:56 AM

ND issues first potash permit in decades

BISMARCK — North Dakota has approved its first exploratory drilling permit in more than three decades for potash, a form of salt used for fertilizer.

By: Associated Press, INFORUM

BISMARCK — North Dakota has approved its first exploratory drilling permit in more than three decades for potash, a form of salt used for fertilizer.

The state Department of Mineral Resources issued the permit on Friday to Denver-based Dakota Salts LLC for one test well near Lignite in Burke County.

Dakota Salts is a subsidiary of London-based Sirius Exploration PLC, which has mining interests in China, Australia and Macedonia. The company says it has leased more than 6,000 acres in northwestern North Dakota for salt and potash mining.

Toby Hall, A Sirius Exploration spokesman in London, says the 8,900-foot-deep test well will be drilled by the end of the year.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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