Despite Regretful Public Tone About Coal Creek Station Closure, Behind the Scenes Executives Were Spiking the Football

An aerial view of Great River Energy's Coal Creek Station near Underwood, N.D. (Photo provided)

MINOT, N.D. — Today hundreds of North Dakotans, employees of Great River Energy, went home from work to talk with their families about the uncertain future of their jobs.

This at a time when, both in North Dakota and nationally, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a spike in unemployment.

The cause of the bad news was the announced intention to close Coal Creek Station, North Dakota’s largest coal-fired power plant, unless a buyer for it can be found.

But even as the corporate messaging from Great River stroke a sorrowful tone about the closure, behind the scenes the atmosphere was more jubilant.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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