- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Mercer County Commission has voted to close a road that has been the focus of a dispute between ranchers and the owners of Coyote Creek Mine.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (bit.ly/1MbFx6D) that commissioners voted 3-2 Wednesday to shut down the road, but only on completion of a signed agreement giving access for certain landowners.

North American Coal Corp., owner of the Coyote Creek Mine, proposed a $110,000, five-stage approach to give affected landowners passage through the mine site to their pastureland. Landowners were unhappy with some of the requirements to keep that access.

The access plan would redirect the road through less active areas. The designated landowners would be able to travel through padlocked gates onto mine land.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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