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Bismarck, ND 58505-0480

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Jurisdiction: Abandoned Mine Lands

Current Projects

Currently Planned Projects (2021)

The following Abandoned Mine Lands Projects are proposed for reclamation during the 2021 construction season. For questions about these projects, contact Joan Breiner at the North Dakota Public Service Commission, 600 East Boulevard Ave., Dept. 408, Bismarck, ND 58505-0480 or 701-328-2412, jobreiner@nd.gov.

For bid opportunities, refer to North Dakota State Procurement Online.


2021 Emergency De Pue Coal Refuse Fire

A coal refuse fire is located on the section line between the NW ¼ of Section 1, T151N, R81W, and the SW ¼ of Section 36, T152N, R81W, southwest of Velva, Ward County. The project plan includes removal and stock piling of topsoil, excavation of a receiving trench and transfer of approximately 500 linear feet of burning coal refuse into the trench.  The burning coal fines will be mixed with excavated spoil and packed to extinguish the fire.  The excavated area will be regraded to approximate original contour and topsoil respread. Approximately 100 feet of road/incline undermined by the burning coal refuse will be rebuilt.  Work is expected to be completed by mid-July 2021 at an estimated cost of $7,000.


2021 Beuchler/Velva Phase II Project

The AML Division is planning to reclaim parts of three abandoned coal mines (Knorr, Quist, and Truax-Traer) in Ward County approximately 8 miles southwest of Velva ND.  The project will reclaim 2,800 feet of dangerous highwalls and stabilize several large erosion features.  Work is expected to be conducted between June 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021.  The estimated cost is $350,000.

The 2021 Beuchler/Velva Phase II Public Meeting was held January 19, 2021 at 6:00 p.m., CST, at the Velva City Hall, 101 1ST ST W, Velva, North Dakota.


2021 Beulah/Zap Phase 16 Project

This remote backfilling project will stabilize underground coal mine workings along North Dakota State 200 and 60th Ave SW, north of Beulah in Mercer County.  This project will use drill holes which were drilled and cased in 2014. Additional drilling will be completed as needed. It is estimated that an additional 3,000 cubic yards of grout and 2,000 tons of foamed sand will be pumped into mine voids. Work is expected to be conducted between July 1st and September 29th, 2021. The estimated project cost is $1 million.

The 2021 Beulah/Zap Phase 16 Public Meeting was held on Thursday, Jan 7, 2021 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CST) at the Beulah Civic Center, 112 7th St NE, Beulah, North Dakota.

Pre-bid, Virtual Tour:

  1. Hyperlink to Guide - This document explains the Pre-Bid Virtual Tour and has directions on what is required.
  2. Link to the KMZ - The kmz file is an interactive map that has thumbnails with the photos of the project site on top of Google Earth aerial imagery. Also, the link to download Google Earth.
  3. Link to SPO website and IFB - Here is where to find the Invitation for Bids and other procurement information.


Remote Backfilling at the 2021 Belfield Exploratory Drilling Site

This remote backfilling project will stabilize underground coal mine workings near a homestead in SE ¼ SE ¼ Section 19, T140N, R99W, northeast of Belfield, Stark County. This project will use holes drilled and cased in the 2021 Exploratory Drilling AML Project. An estimated 50 cubic yards of grout or 50 tons of foamed sand will be pumped into mine voids. Work is expected to be conducted between August 1 and September 29, 2021. The estimated project cost is $25,000.00.


2021 Exploratory Drilling AML Project

This project will involve drilling and casing to locate and characterize underground mines in residential lots and near roadways in Garrison, ND and near Belfield, ND. The bid opening for this project will be held February 25th at 11:00 a.m. CT. The project will be conducted between April 15th and July 15th, 2021. The estimated contract cost for this project is $200,000.


Sinkhole Filling, Maintenance and Emergencies

This will be another project to fill dangerous sinkholes caused by underground mine collapse.  Sinkhole filling projects like this have been conducted since the 1980s.  Some funds may be used to conduct maintenance work on reclaimed sites.  If necessary, some of these funds may also be used for emergency projects.  The estimated 2021 project costs are $50,000 for the South Sinkhole Filing Project and $40,000 for the North Sinkhole Filling Project.  Work is expected to start in late summer and progress through the fall of 2021.


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