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Published December 29, 2013, 09:26 AM

ND coal plant backers get extension of state aid

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Industrial Commission has given backers of a proposed coal-to-liquid fuel plant in western North Dakota a sixth extension of state aid to study the project.

By: Associated Press, WDAY

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Industrial Commission has given backers of a proposed coal-to-liquid fuel plant in western North Dakota a sixth extension of state aid to study the project.

Dallas-based North American Coal Corp. says developers asked for the extension because favorable coal legislation and a clear U.S. energy policy is still needed for the $4 billion project to move forward.

North American Coal and Headwaters Inc. of South Jordan, Utah, formed American Lignite Energy LLC in 2007 to oversee construction and operation of the proposed plant.

The Industrial Commission in 2007 committed up to $10 million from coal tax collections to determine the project's potential.

Records show North American Coal has spent more than $1.38 million in state money to study the project, including about $35,000 this year.

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