Energy Secretary Perry to tour North Dakota coal facilities

August 9, 2018 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican members of North Dakota’s congressional delegation say U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is scheduled to tour the state’s biggest coal mine and adjacent power plant next week.

North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer say the former Texas governor is scheduled to tour North American Coal’s Falkirk Mine and Great River Energy’s Coal Creek power station near Underwood in west-central North Dakota.

Hoeven and Cramer say Perry also is participate in discussions with local energy officials.

North Dakota has six coal-fueled electric power plants and a factory that produces synthetic natural gas from low-grade lignite coal. The state’s lignite mines in west-central North Dakota produce close to 30 million tons of fuel annually.