Three-day news series on coal production and transport, Missoula, Montana

Missoulian, April 14-16, 2012

Missoulian presents a three-day series on coal production and transport. Coal trains already roll through Missoula, and demand for energy in Asia has mining companies looking to ship a lot more coal from Montana and Wyoming via ports on the West Coast. Every shovel of coal dug in Montana puts money in state coffers, but burning it also means more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and more diesel fumes, noise and traffic for railyard neighbors.

Read 1st in series…
One straight shot from the coal mines in the Powder River Basin to Asia cuts right through Missoula.

Read 2nd in series…
Neighbors in the Missoula railyard already feel the effects of coal trains, and some fear more are coming.  Can a possible groundbreaking lawsuit in California affect rail communities in Montana.

Read 3rd in series… [coming soon]
Digging coal in Montana provides state tax revenues, and the cash trickles to the western part of the state. But will burning all that coal affect the global climate?

About coalfreegorge

Coal is rearing its head again the Columbia Gorge. The new threat comes in the form of proposals to export coal from Wyoming to coal-fired power plants in China. The coal would be transported via uncovered rail cars through the Columbia Gorge. Many Columbia Gorge Communities in Oregon and Washington support a coal-free world, beginning at home, in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, recognizing the importance of people determining what materials are allowable for transport through their communities and watersheds. This blog exists to communicate and advocate for the public interest in issues pertaining to coal transport in the Columbia River Gorge, providing an online outlet for honest discussion and information. To inform and unite local citizens about the damaging effects of coal transport through our communities. To endorse positive and considerate dialogue with the aim of mutual understanding among diverse parties. CLEAN AIR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES NO COAL EXPORTS STOP COAL IN ITS TRACKS
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