Reclamation

Reclamation

Be good to the land, it’ll return the favor. It’s a simple idea that Basin Electric has fiercely defended throughout its history.

Basin Electric was the first utility in the nation to require that strip-mined land be returned to rolling countryside. That requirement was written into Basin Electric's first coal contract long before rules and regulations on mined land reclamation were enacted.

Our concern for the environment has been a guiding principle for many years. In the Statement of Ideals and Objectives adopted in 1967, Basin Electric's members held that "a clean and healthy environment which we all need and enjoy must be maintained and that the energy industry must do all that is feasible to minimize the negative impacts on the environment."

In the mid-1960s, Basin Electric proposed model laws to the North Dakota Legislature to protect the air, water and land. We advocated legislation requiring mined land reclamation and prohibiting dumping fly ash and other industrial wastes into the rivers. Today, Basin Electric continues its tradition of commitment to a clean environment and the communities impacted by energy production.

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Freedom Mine

The Coteau Properties Company (a wholly owned subsidiary of The North American Coal Corporation) owns and operates the Freedom Mine. Coteau supplies more than 15 million tons of lignite coal annually to Dakota Coal Company, a subsidiary of Basin Electric Power Cooperative. Dakota Coal then provides this lignite to nearby power plants producing over 1,600 megawatts of electricity, and to the Great Plains Synfuels Plant, the nation’s only commercial-scale coal gasification plant.

Freedom Mine
204 County Road 15
Beulah, ND 58523
Tel: 701.873.2281
Fax: 701.873.2579

Dakota Coal also controls rights to lignite reserves in North Dakota in addition to providing financing for the Freedom Mine north of Beulah, ND. Dakota Coal is also responsible for marketing Freedom Mine lignite production.