North Dakota coal production down

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Lignite production in North Dakota last year was a little below average.

The Lignite Energy Council says the state’s four large lignite mines produced 27.5 million tons of coal in 2012. That’s down about 700,000 tons from 2011.

The group says production has been near 30 million tons since 1988, making North Dakota 1 of the 10 major coal-producing states in the nation.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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