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.
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One straight shot from the coal mines in the Powder River Basin to Asia cuts right through Missoula.
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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?