How North Dakota coal mines return the land to nature – Morning Joe

Posted December 2, 2014

Enjoy the great outdoors? The President of the Caterpillar Foundation was a guest on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to talk about how North Dakota coal mines return the land to nature.

Reclaiming land after mining is a critical component of being environmentally responsible. Reclamation is a highly regulated, carefully planned and managed process that takes years to successfully complete. Mining companies must prove the reclaimed land performs as well or better than before it was mined. After which, the land can be returned to farming and recreational use.

On average, regional mining companies spend $30,000 to reclaim one acre of land; however, costs can run as high as $60,000 an acre. These companies have reclaimed more than 27,000 acres of mined land – about 42 square miles – in North Dakota alone since 1970.

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