A day on the ND Energy Trail for a BBC crew

BBC news tour

Interview at the Freedom Mine near Beulah, ND. (left to right): David Straley, North American Coal Co.; Peter Day, BBC; Arlene Gregorius, BBC; Kent Neustel, The Coteau Properties Co.; and Daryl Hill, Basin Electric.

A BBC news crew toured North Dakota’s Energy Trail June 15.

BBC news tour

Peter Day, BBC; Arlene Gregorius, BBC; and David Straley, North American Coal Co.

Peter Day, BBC news reporter, and Arlene Gregorius, BBC producer, visited the Great Plains Synfuels Plant, Antelope Valley Station and the Freedom Mine. (If you’re interested, Peter Day has a regular podcast online: Peter Day’s World of Business.)

Daryl Hill, Basin Electric supervisor of media and communications relations, says the crew is working on a story about the impact of coal development. “They wanted to know about some of the challenges associated with coal development. Peter focused on the carbon dioxide capture project at the Synfuels Plant and Basin Electric’s efforts and research into developing carbon capture technology at a conventional coal-based power plant.”

As part of the reporting for this story, Day also visited China. The program will air world-wide in August or September.

BBC news tour

In the Great Plains Synfuels Plant model room. (left to right): Peter Day, BBC; Arlene Gregorius, BBC; Joan Dietz, Basin Electric communications specialist; and Daryl Hill, Basin Electric.

On a side note…
Daryl Hill says he enjoyed visiting with this news crew. He says Day and Gregorius were impressed with North Dakota, and enjoyed visiting the wind projects as well. Hill escorted them as they drove through energy country in North Dakota. He said they were impressed with the “openness” of the state. He says they said they don’t own cars in their home of London because it’s so expensive. Gas prices are equivalent to $9 per gallon there, and insurance and parking is equally spendy. Hill says Day is very well-travelled, mentioning trips to Canada, Mexico, Africa, Australia, all over Europe, etc. Hill says he asked, “Where haven’t you been?” Day responded immediately, “New Orleans.”

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