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  • How long do we wait for clean coal?

    How long do we wait for clean coal?

    Politicians are excited about “clean coal,” but so far there’s no sign that it even exists.

  • Readers weigh in on HCN’s redesign

  • Going backwards: building an oil refinery in South Dakota

    "Dirtiest oil on earth" to be processed in "green" facility, using 10 million gallons of water from Missouri River aquifer.

  • On the Missouri, the middle grounds gets soggy

    The eight states and 30 Indian tribes of the Missouri River Basin have come to an agreement on how to manage the river, but environmentalists say the agreement will not help the river's endangered species and its other fish and wildlife.

  • South Dakota pulls plug on Missouri River meetings

    South Dakota withdraws from the Missouri River Basin Association, claiming frustration with bureaucracy.

  • Missouri: a river basin at war

    A four-year drought has humbled the Missouri River and plunged its 10 basin states into a sour quarrel with one another and the Army Corps of Engineers, the river's federal boss.

  • Railroad plans garbage express

    When a persistent real estate agent arranged for Alonzo and Robert Rogers to sell 1,200 acres of the southwestern South Dakota ranch, the bachelor brothers had no idea their land was part of a plan to build a massive garbage dump serving faraway cities.

  • Fighting over the Missouri's big buckets

    The drought of 1987 and 1988 has sent water levels on Missouri River reservoirs plummeting toward record lows, intensifying conflicts between upper and lower basin states over river and reservoir management and water allocations.

  • Biff! Pow! Bang! Three initiatives lose to big money

    Last November, environmental activists waging underfinanced ballon initiative campaigns in South Dakota, Montana and Nebraska took beatings from well-funded experts.

  • Syngas plant survives the '80s

    With contracts that insulate it from low energy prices, the Great Plains coal gasification plant in Beulah, N.D., endures as a relic of the federal government's 1970s syn-fuels fascination.

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