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Coal Regulation Information

Drilling for coal exploration or evaluation requires a permit and is regulated under Chapters 38-12.1 and 43-02-01 of the North Dakota Century and Administrative Codes, respectively. A report of findings must be filed with the State Geologist. Collectively, these reports comprise a database useful to private and government coal researchers and provide information necessary for geologic correlations and economic forecasting.

New Coal Investigations


The Lignite Reserves of North Dakota, by Edward C.Murphy, 2006, 141 p. Hard copy (limited) $15.00, CD $5.00.


The Lignite Resources of North Dakota, by Edward C. Murphy, Ned W. Kruger, Gerard E. Goven, Quentin L. Vandal, Kimberly C. Jacobs, and Michele L. Gutenkunst, 2006. CD only $3.00

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