ND High Court Backs Permit For Great Northern Coal Facility

Law360, New York (June 8, 2012, 8:04 PM EDT) -- A North Dakota county planning commission acted correctly in granting a conditional permit that would allow Great Northern Project Development L.P. to build an 8,100-acre coal gasification facility, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

The Dakota Resource Council had challenged the Stark County Board of County Commissioners’ 2010 decision to rezone the parcel from agricultural to industrial and to allow nine conditional uses of the land, claiming that the board violated county zoning ordinances when it approved a conditional permit to begin mining operations. But the...
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