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PSC gets $3M in grants to reclaim abandoned mines

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Public Service Commission has received more than $3 million in federal grants, and some  will go toward a reclamation project in the southwest corner of the state.

The Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining awarded the commission $3.38 million to carry out three major reclamation projects at abandoned mines, according to a press release. The commission has planned a drilling and pressurized grouting project to stabilize underground mines near Scranton, Bowman and Reeder.

“The commission’s Abandoned Mine Lands Program is a valuable arrangement made possible by active mining operations,” Commissioner Randy Christmann said in a release. “It allows our experts at the commission to make these abandoned mine lands as safe as possible for future generations.”

A similar project is planned for an underground mine north of Beulah, according to the release. The commission also plans to reclaim a mine west of Hazen. Work is set to begin in June and last through the fall.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.