8-17-19 Energy Matters Hour 2


Host: Scott Hennen live in Fargo, ND and Todd Mitchell live in Bismarck 

Energy Matters is heard:

Tuesday 3:00 to 5:00 PM CST - AM 550 KFYR & AM 1460 KLTC

Saturday’s 11:00a to 1:00p - AM 1090 KTGO The Flag

Saturday’s Noon to 2p - AM 1100 WZFG The Flag 


HOUR 2 from this Weeks Show Includes :


Kristen Hamman, Director of Communications at the North Dakota Petroleum Council. Discussing 2019 annual meeting. 

 Randy Christmann, Public Service Commissioner

The Lignite Research Council (LRC) is a group of mostly industry people, but also includes a few state gov't. people, including 2 legislators, the state geologist, and a member of the PSC.


North Dakota has a fund for lignite research.  The primary funding source is a tax on coal. The LRC evaluates proposed research projects seeking funding.  The LRC meets Thursday.


This week we have a very exciting proposal regarding "rare earth elements" which are found in our coal.  We have done some lab research in the past which had very positive results. The current proposal would expand this research to a pilot-scale project.  I'm very excited about this project because these rare earth elements are not currently being produced at all in America, they are essential for many of our modern electronics, and they could potentially add a lot of value to ND lignite!


Kathleen Sgamma, President of Western Energy Alliance, discussing Parks in Wreck campaign.

  LT Governor Brent Sanford interview, Part 2 from 8/9

Original Air Date: 
Wednesday, August 14, 2019