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Dickinson businesswoman suggests eastern ND coal hearing

DICKINSON (AP) -- A Dickinson businesswoman says the Public Service Commission should consider a hearing in eastern North Dakota about a proposal for a new coal mine.

The mine would be located near South Heart, west of Dickinson in Stark County. The commission held a public comment session in Dickinson last week.

Kristin Hedger says state regulators could also hold an evening hearing in eastern North Dakota on the proposal.

Hedger says there's statewide interest in the project because it's the first new coal mine in North Dakota in decades, and it's located near the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Commissioner Kevin Cramer says he doesn't think a hearing in eastern North Dakota is necessary.

Hedger is vice president of Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing and a former Democratic candidate for secretary of state.