Montana Governor Says Coal Part of the Future

By Beacon Staff

BISMARCK, N.D. – Montana’s governor says clean coal technology could help generate billions of dollars for his state and North Dakota.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer spoke in Bismarck at an energy seminar Tuesday.

He predicts billions of dollars will be invested in North Dakota and Montana produce cleaner energy, in part with coal. He said the new plants will be mine-to-mouth plants, not the type of coal-fired plants built in the Midwest and on the East Coast years ago.

Schweitzer also laid claim, jokingly, to most of the oil rich Bakken shale formation in North Dakota. He said, “the most important part of North Dakota is actually part of Montana.”

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