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Westmoreland Power Inc., Gascoyne 500-MW Project, ND

STATUS: Canceled

TYPE: Coal

OPPOSITION: Plains Justice, Sierra Club, Dakota Resource Council, Rocky Mountain Office of Environmental Defense, National Parks and Conservation Association


BACKGROUND:  In 2001, the developer began planning a $900 million, 500 megawatt coal power plant for Gascoyne in southwestern North Dakota.  It submitted a permit application to the North Dakota Department of Health (DOH) in 2006.  In July 2007, project opponents, including the Park Service, submitted critical comments based on alleged air pollution impacts to a nearby national park and CO2 emissions.  In August, the developer declared its intent to build in a letter to the North Dakota Public Service Commission. In February 2008, DOH again requested comments on the air permit, specifically asking for comments on the department's analysis of the impact of the plant's emissions on visibility in the park based on the National Park Service’s findings that the plant's emissions would adversely impact the visibility of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  In May, the developer cancelled the project due to “uncertainty about federal carbon dioxide rules.”

SOURCES: http://www.bismarcktribune.com/articles/2008/05/21/news/state/156069.txt 

LAST UPDATED:  November 30, 2010