STATUS: In progress
OPPOSITION: Sierra Club, Dakota Resource Council
BACKGROUND: American Lignite Energy LLC was formed in late 2006 to develop a coal-to-liquids project at an undefined site in western North Dakota at a projected cost of approximately $4 billion. The proposal reportedly would create up to 3000 construction and 700 permanent jobs. Plans for the project were put on hold in January 2009 due to regulatory uncertainty. In January 2010 the developers announced they would evaluate next steps after the election of a new Congress.
Sierra Club appears to oppose the project in keeping with its national strategy of opposing all coal projects for any reason or no reason.
LAST UPDATED: November 30, 2010