BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State regulators have given another extension to developers of a $4 billion coal-to-liquid fuel factory proposed for western North Dakota so they can study the project.


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State regulators have given another extension to developers of a $4 billion coal-to-liquid fuel factory proposed for western North Dakota so they can study the project.
The Bismarck Tribune reports that the state Industrial Commission on Tuesday gave American Lignite Energy more time to use its state aid.
In 2006, the North Dakota Industrial Commission pledged up to $10 million from its coal tax collections. The company has used about $1.3 million so far.
The state has given two previous extensions because the company cited unfavorable political conditions for coal projects and the absence of a federal energy policy.
American Lignite board member Carroll Dewing says the project's situation could improve with more Republicans in Congress.