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Campaign donation lawsuit draws PSC interest: Cramer, Kalk under fire; South Heart coal mine application pending

August 9, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK (AP) North Dakota’s Public Service Commission is asking to participate in a federal lawsuit, filed by two environmental groups, that accuses Commissioners Kevin Cramer and Brian Kalk of accepting improper campaign contributions from the coal industry. Continue Reading

South Heart coal mine land use decision upheld in high court

June 7, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK (AP) The Stark County Commission acted properly when it approved land-use changes to allow development of a new coal mine, gasification factory and electric power plant in southwestern North Dakota, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Continue Reading

Groups want 2 men off South Heart mine permit review panel

March 26, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK Two North Dakota organizations are threatening to sue if Public Service Commissioners Kevin Cramer and Brian Kalk don’t remove themselves from making decisions about the South Heart Coal mining permit application.
Kalk said the notice of intent to file a lawsuit “has no basis in fact and is nothing more than a political attack.” Continue Reading

Regulators want more time to review coal mine application

May 6, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK (AP) State regulators said Friday they plan to take more time to review plans to open a new coal mine in southwestern North Dakota after a technical review found hundreds of deficiencies in the application. Continue Reading

Coal plant permit back on table

November 4, 2010 in The Dickinson Press

A coal company has re-submitted its application for a strip coal mine three miles west of South Heart after state officials deemed it deficient in April. If all permits are approved, the mine could be North Dakota’s first in 30 years. Continue Reading