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Associated Press, Published January 12 2011

South Heart coal mine application finished

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State regulators say an application to open a new coal mine in southwestern North Dakota is complete.

The proposed 4,600-acre mine is meant to provide fuel for a nearby electric power plant. It's to be located southwest of South Heart.

North Dakota's Public Service Commission said Wednesday the application is ready for public review. The coal company has to publish a month's worth of notices.

Commissioner Kevin Cramer says an informal conference is likely this spring to give people a chance to ask questions about the proposed mine.

The mine is intended to supply a new 175-megawatt electric power plant. It's supposed to convert coal to synthetic gas and hydrogen for electric power.

Commission Chairman Tony Clark says the plant covers many aspects of North Dakota's energy industry.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.