Methods and costs of mining lignite in North Dakota

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U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Mines , [Washington]
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Statementby J. N. Van Sant and R. C. Ellman.
SeriesUnited States. Bureau of Mines. Information circular, 7891, Information circular (United States. Bureau of Mines) ;, 7891.
ContributionsEllman, R. C., joint author.
LC ClassificationsTN295 .U4 no. 7891
The Physical Object
Paginationiv, 82 p.
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Open LibraryOL260945M
LC Control Numberint59000040

Additional Physical Format: Electronic version: Van Sant, Joel N. Methods and costs of mining lignite in North Dakota. [Washington], U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Mines,   Report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Mines discussing lignite mining of North Dakota.

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As stated in the introduction, "the report describes mining and preparation methods in the North Dakota lignite-producing area" (p. This report includes tables, maps, illustrations, and by: 3. Lignite is in the center of farming country. Historically there has been some oil activity in the area, but it is a bit north of the current "Bakken" boom.

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North Dakota is one of Methods and costs of mining lignite in North Dakota book country's top 10 coal producing states, mining approximately 30 million tons every year since Four lignite mines in North Dakota and 1 lignite mine in eastern Montana help meet the energy needs of the Upper Midwest.

LIGNITE RESOURCES OF NORTH DAKOTA By Russell A. Brant Prepared with the cooperation of the North Dako~ Geological Survey and the North Dakota Research Foundation as part of a program of the Department of the Interior for the development of the Missouri River basin.

Washington, D. C., Cited by: North Dakota’s lignite industry is an innovative and vital part of the state’s economy with a $3 billion economic impact. The state supports 4, megawatts of lignite and other coal generation at seven locations providing low cost, reliable electric power to two million customers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and Iowa.

Lignite, often referred to as brown coal, is a soft, brown, combustible, sedimentary rock formed from naturally compressed is considered the lowest rank of coal due to its relatively low heat has a carbon content around 60–70 percent.

It is mined all around the world, is used almost exclusively as a fuel for steam-electric power generation, and is the coal which is most. The lignite can be produced by open-pit mining methods, and production costs are low.

In average mining costs per ton of all lignite mines in Thailand were only $/ton. Estimated mining costs for the expanded Mae Moh mining operation were about $/ton.

For those unfamiliar with the term lignite resource, the lignite resources of North Dakota encompasses all of the lignite within the borders of North Dakota. For the purposes of this study, only strata within the Fort Union Group (Paleocene) and the upper member of the Golden Valley Formation (Eocene) were considered (Figure 1).

Bryan Walther, president of The Coteau Properties Company. Half of the million tons of lignite coal mined in North Dakota in came from The Coteau Properties Company's Freedom Mine north of Beulah. That's not unusual. The Freedom Mine has a history that dates back to the mids of being the state's biggest lignite mine.

In fact, it is the largest lignite mine in the United States. The North Dakota Geological Survey obtaining sediment cores from spoils in the Noonan mine. The spoils in this part of the mine were created in the mid-to late s. There has been some interest expressed in leveling the old spoil piles that occur throughout western North Dakota, especially some of the larger mines.

Lignite is a city in Burke County, North Dakota in the United States. The population was at the census. Lignite was founded in and was named for the quantities of lignite, a low-grade coal, present in the area.

Lignite is located at 48°52′37″N °33′45″W / °N °W / ; (, INTERIOR NORTH DAKOTA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION Office of Surface Mining other bureaus, offices other divisions Reclamation Division oversight (if PSC fails) REGULATES NORTH DAKOTA SURFACE COAL MINING Passage of the Federal Surface Mining Control and.

Location: Four miles southeast of Center, North Dakota. Mine production: BNI Coal, Ltd.’s Center Mine produces an average of million tons every year with coal being sold to the nearby Young Station.

Mine history: Mining began at the Center Mine insupplying about million tons a year to the Young Station’s Unit One. When the second unit was built, the Center Mine expanded in.

Approximately 30 million tons of lignite continue to be mined annually in North Dakota. In North Dakota, topsoil and subsoil are removed first and stored separately.

Layers of rock and soil are then removed from the top of the coal layer with draglines and put into an area where coal has already been removed. Serving Western North Dakota Industrial and Farm since Fuel. Lignite Oil Provides Bulk Diesel Fuel and Gasoline to Oil, Commercial and Agriculture Industries.

Propane. Lignite Oil has Certified Propane Drivers able to Safely Deliver Propane. Oils & Lubricants. SinceNorth Dakota's regulatory program has been a partnership effort between the State and the US Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining.

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At present, 64% of program costs are borne by the Department of the Interior. The remaining 36% comes from funds appropriated by the Legislature. North Dakota is the 10th largest coal. The most commonly listed primary commodities in North Dakota mines are Uranium, Manganese, and Lignite. At the time these mines were surveyed, 7 mines in North Dakota were observed to have ore mineralization in an outcrop, shallow pit, or isolated drill hole—known as an occurance mine.

1 North Dakota has 3 prospect mines. 2 17 mines were. This chapter describes the lignite deposits of North America, providing information on the estimated reserves and resources, the geological setting of the deposits, and the quality of the lignites.

Data on the reserve base of lignites, organized by state, county, bed, and thickness. Two major deposits of lignites exist in North America. Cosponsored by the University of North Dakota and the department of the interior, Bureau of Mines, the meeting was the fifth in this series.

Registrants from many states and Canadian provinces attended the meeting representing many energy-oriented companies, state and federal governments, and universities. North Dakota's Lignite Research, Development and Marketing Program (Program) is a multi-million dollar state/industry partnership that concentrates on near term, practical research and development projects that provide the opportunity to preserve and enhance development of our state's abundant lignite resources.

The Program is funded from several sources including the coal severance. This summary report on the lignite resources of South Dakota has been prepared as part of the program of the Department of the Interior for the integrated development of the Missouri River basin.

It is based on a study of all information on the occur­ rence of lignite in South Dakota contained in the pub­Cited by: 2. Lignite Combustion General The major advantages of firing lignite are that it is relatively abundant (in the North Dakota and Texas regions), relatively low in cost since it is surface mined, and low in sulfur content which can In these methods of firing pulverized lignite, the ash is removed from the furnace both as fly File Size: KB.

The U.S. coal industry serves a vital role in the nation’s economy by producing fuel for more than half of its electricity. Despite the industry’s importance, industry financial data for —the strongest year for the coal industry in recent years—shows that it is a relatively small industry with revenues totaling $20 billion to $25 billion and net income between $1 billion and $2.

The economic feasibility of lignite surface mining in south Alabama will depend on the estimated cost of mining in comparison to the price per ton which a potential user would be willing to offer.

Based on limited data concerning recent transactions, low sulfur lignite is presently being sold more» in North Dakota and Texas for approximately. Club and Steakhouse - Main St, Lignite, North Dakota - Rated based on 44 Reviews "The only bad thing about the is their prime rib /5(44).

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If that plan is implemented, North Dakota must cut its carbon emissions 45 percent by Many states, including North Dakota, have sued to stop the rule. If it’s upheld, it won’t matter if lignite mines are 1 mile or miles from power plants.

Lignite emits more carbon dioxide in generating electricity than harder coal. According to the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, as of March10, wells have been successfully plugged and reclaimed sinceand another 1, have been reclaimed but are pending final approval for bond release by the state.

Less than 1% of sites require long term environmental evaluation. The reclamation fee on lignite mined in North Dakota is currently eight cents per ton. As the result of amendments to the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act enacted in latethe federal reclamation fee will be collected through Septem North Dakota will be receiving three million dollars per year in and continuing.

FYLXXIII "Geomechanical Study of Harmon Lignite and Surrounding Rocks for Underground Coal Gasification in Western North Dakota": Program Funding: ,; Total Project Costs:Objective: Determine the feasibility of using underground coal gasification (UCG) to access currently un-economic lignite resources in North Dakota.

This is the story of how most of our electricity in North Dakota comes from lignite coal.Mining companies spend an average of $30, to reclaim one acre of land, but costs can be as high as $60, an acre in some instances.

SinceNorth Dakota mining companies have received 15 national reclamation awards from the federal Office of Surface Mining .