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.