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N.D. PSC will seek $3.9 million to reclaim coal mines in western part of state

Published 01/04/2012, Associated Press

The mines south of Columbus in Burke County and north of Beulah in Mercer County went out of business decades ago, before state and federal laws required them to be reclaimed for farming and ranching use. Under the Burke County project, new vegetation would be planted on about 350 acres of mined land and about 1.3 miles of "high walls," created when the mine's open pits were dug, would be leveled.

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