A few years ago, state regulators were saying that potash mining may be the “next big thing” in North Dakota.
It hasn’t happened yet. But the state mineral resources department will be holding hearings on rules for mining the high value fertilizer.
"The potash industry was somewhat holding its breath, waiting to see what those rules were going to look like," said state Mineral Resource director Lynn Helms. "Once that process is behind us, the geologist that we hired to work subsurface minerals is going to put together a reporton whet we know about potash."
Helms says that report should be ready this summer. He says he knows of at least two companies interested in potash.