North Dakota’s four lignite coal mines sold 28.7 million tons of lignite in 2015.
That’s the same amount as in 2014. But it’s a million tons above 2013.
This comes as national reports show coal production dropping.
"The fact that, in North Dakota, coal remained steady is good news for the industry, and also for the state, which relies on taxes from the energy industry," said Steve Van Dyke, a spokesman for the Lignite Energy Council. "Also for counties and schools inj Coal Country."