Coteau Freedom Mine

Useful Information

Open: All year Mon-Fri after appointment, 24-hour notice required. [2005]
Classification: MineCoal Mine (open cast lignite mine)
Light: n/a.
Guided tours:
Address: Coteau Freedom Mine, Coteau Properties Company, Tel: +1-701-873-2281.
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Coteau Freedom Mine is the largest lignite mine in the United States. It delivers approximately 16 million tons of coal per year. It is operating two 120m² draglines Bucyrus-Erie 2570 and a fleet of 200-ton overburden trucks. The lignite is used at Great Plains Synfuels Plant, Antelope Valley Station, Leland Olds Station and Stanton Station. It is also possible to visit those power stations.

Despite all this magnificence, there are some drawbacks of such huge mining operations. A planned mine expansion will result in the destruction of 1,349 sites sacred to many different Native American nations. This includes sacred sites, stone circles, effigies, burial mounds, and 27 National Register of Historic Places sites. A key wildlife habitat will also be destroyed.