Implosion at Stanton Great River Energy Station

STANTON, N.D. - The Great River Energy (GRE) Stanton Station came down Thursday after more than 50 years of operation.

The plant closed last year because of market conditions.

Half of the workers are now employed at other stations and the other half were given severance payments.

GRE Representatives say the implosion was the best way to take it down.

A more than 250-foot smoke stack stood tall but now all that's left of the Stanton station is debris and that's thanks to approximately 108 detonation points.

A somber day for the many who worked in this plant for more than 50 years.

"Very sad to drive by there even, cause that was my livelihood for a long time," said Glen Sailer, former GRE worker.

In the early 60s, Sailer worked on the construction project of the plant. He says he worked at the Stanton station permanently for 30 years, then he retired in 1996. He says he's sad to see it go.

"The plant today was brought down by explosives but what really brought it down was low prices in the wholesale electricity market," said Rick Lancaster, GRE vice president and chief generations officer.

Sailer wishes they could have kept it working.

"To tear down a good running power plant and just to tear it down and make a junk pile," said Sailer.

Crews are expected to take more than three months to clean up the scrap materials.

Great River Energy representatives say they don't see any more of their plants closing in the foreseeable future.