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Coal executive says special interests skewing debate over new ports

Billings Gazette, June 1, 2012 By Sanjay Talwani, Independent Record HELENA — A high-ranking official with one of the nation’s top coal producers said Thursday that attempts by groups such as the Sierra Club to stop construction of new ports … Continue reading

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Rising coal exports have Montana rail communities braced for worst

The Daily Climate, May 3, 2012 By Douglas Fischer With Asia’s energy demands pulling more U.S. coal to West Coast ports, rail-line communities across Montana fear the effects: More train traffic, health problems, noise and congestion. First part in an … Continue reading

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Coal Train Traffic Analyzed at Local Forums

Public News Service, April 17, 2012 MISSOULA, Mont. – The amount of coal train traffic running through Montana is expected to at least double, as coal exports are stepped up. The trains will haul coal, mostly from Wyoming, to Washington … Continue reading

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Groups call for comprehensive review of coal exports

Northern Plains Resource Council, March 19, 2012 A permit application made today for a huge coal shipping facility near Bellingham, Wash., has repercussions that will be felt by communities across Montana. SSA Marine submitted an application to build a facility … Continue reading

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Who pays cost of coal trains?

The Billings Outpost, March 16, 2012 By Wilbur Wood Fifteen trains a day, on average, rolled through Billings last year. If a passing train has interrupted your journey as you drove, bicycled or walked toward the tracks on 27th, 28th … Continue reading

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Coal trains rumble through Spokane to feed China’s boom. But what’s the cost?

The Pacific Northwest Inlander, March 14, 2012 by Zach Hagadone Coal-Hearted Commerce The Inland Northwest could play a pivotal role in the next coal boom, but it would come at a cost. There’s a stretch of road on Highway 200, … Continue reading

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