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Group appeal Coal Lake designation for recreation

BISMARCK (AP) -- The Dakota Resource Council is appealing a state decision to allow Falkirk Mine Co. to return 86 acres of the mine for recreational use instead of for agriculture.

The Public Service Commission approved the designation last year for an area of land around Coal Lake near Underwood.

The environmental group's appeal hopes to stop the post-mining land use change. The group says the sale of the land to North Dakota for a recreational site does not fit the reclamation law.

DRC says the mining company is avoiding the stringent requirements needed to return land to agriculture after mining.