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Coal brings Chinese delegation to Gillette

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Mayor Lu Zhiyuan of Yulin, China and Mayor Tom Murphy of Gillette, Wyoming have a common interest: clean coal.

Mayor Murphy says the city's newest power station, the Dry Fork Station, is leading the way.

"This new technology that the Dry Fork power plant has is exceptional," said Murphy.  So exceptional that it was a must-see on the Chinese delegation's 23-hour tour of the Wyoming town.

Community Relations Specialist for the power plant, Heidi Lowe, explained, "We were told today by the delegation that they've never seen a plant as clean as the dry fork station."

The station uses today's most modern and advanced technology; a technology the delegation is interested in applying to its own coal industry.

"They were very impressed with its cleanliness, they were very impressed with the facility, but they too are worried about their environment," said Mayor Murphy.

The cities combined produce over 800 million tons of coal per year.

By developing international relations, Mayor Murphy says Yulin and Gillette can tackle the industry's environmental problems together.

"We're talking about investments, we're talking about shared resources, shared problems, and some of the solutions each one of us has come up with to tackle these problems over the years," said Murphy.

The delegates from both cities are working on what they hope to be a lasting relationship.

Mayor Murphy paid his own visit to China back in late June. He says he's already promised to go back sometime next year in order to maintain international relations.

 

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