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More reclaimed North Dakota mine land going private

Published 01/05/2010, The Jamestown Sun

Reclaimed North Dakota land once mined for coal will be returning to private ownership at a quicker pace, which may help ease criticism that the process has been delayed, state regulators said Monday. The state Public Service Commission agreed last year to release 4,653 acres of reclaimed property from its bond coverage, statistics show. The bonds were worth almost $6.2 million to four mining companies. The acreage represents more than one-fifth of the 20,916 acres made eligible for private use since 1970, said Jim Deutsch, director of the agency’s abandoned mine lands division.

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