Reclamation Laws and Costs of Strip Mined Land in North Dakota
Coal is becoming more important as a source of energy. There are16 billion tons of economically surface minable coal in North Dakota underlying 700,000 acres. The state has a comprehensive reclamation law; mining cannot be undertaken unless reclamation can be successfully completed. This report presents an overview of reclamation legislation passed in North Dakota, and estimates of reclamation costs are given.
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