Community involvement


The reason the Great Plains Synfuels Plant is so successful are the people who work here. Despite many obstacles during the early years, local communities supported Dakota Gas employees in their efforts to:

  • operate a stable, financially viable plant;
  • seek out and develop additional products from lignite coal;
  • provide clean and safe working conditions;
  • contribute to Basin Electric's bottom line;
  • enhance America's energy independence; and
  • contribute to a healthy environment for everyone.

Today, the plant is safer, cleaner, and more productive than at any time in its history. That's due to pride: in the work well done, the products produced, and the teamwork that accomplishes it.

Coal gasification is a 24/7 operation. Many employees have worked more than 25 years on the job. They've raised their families in small towns and supported schools, churches and farm communities in counties surrounding the plant site. Now, their sons and daughters are returning home for a job in energy. Dakota Gas is proud to be able to open our doors to a new generation of workers committed to providing clean energy for rural America.


Each year, Synfuels Plant employees contribute time, energy, talent and dollars to the communities surrounding the plant. In turn, those communities provide a network of local support that keeps families and friends together. Dakota Gas is committed to the people, industries, farms, ranches and businesses in our rural area. That commitment extends to the safety and security of area citizens and property, and the health and well-being of our employees and their families and communities.

The Great Plains Synfuels Plant may be a great place to work, but the communities of Bismarck, Beulah-Hazen, Stanton, and other towns are great places to live. Our employees choose to live where they work.