The Public Service Commission will keep control over surface mining regulations in North Dakota.
Yesterday, U.S. Federal District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled in the Commission's favor in a lawsuit brought by the Dakota Resource Council. The Council claimed the Public Service Commission used unlawful practices in regulating the federally-approved surface mining program.
Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk spoke in favor of the judge's decision. He said the state has maintained the program successfully for more than 30 years, and that the state is still in the best position to do so.