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Group appeal Coal Lake designation for recreation

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Energy Dickinson, 58602
Dickinson North Dakota 1815 1st Street West 58602

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.

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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.

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