Archive: April, 2012

Montana ranchers back poll findings that favor clean energy over old, dirty energy – April 25, 2012

April 25, 2012
Civil Society Institute website View the report  Water quality all-important in Montana By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont. -- For farmers and ranchers in Montana and the rest of the United States, clean water is the lifeblood of their livelihood. In a March 2012 nationwide poll, eight out of 10 Americans agree that “water shortages and the availability of clean drinking water are real concerns. America should put the emphasis on first developing new energy sources that require less water and result in...
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Coal train traffic analyzed at local forums – Public News Service, April 17, 2012

April 17, 2012 Deb Courson Smith Public News Service - MT MISSOULA - 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 and Oregon for shipment to Asia. There's a meeting tonight in Missoula to talk about what the additional train traffic means for towns along the route. Beth Kaeding, past chair of the Northern Plains Resource Council, says rail crossings will definitely...
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Bozeman Chronicle editorial: Train traffic could have ill effects for Bozeman – April 5, 2012

April 9, 2012 Coal mined from one of the largest coal deposits in the world could more than triple the amount of train traffic that goes through Bozeman in the coming years. Communities in eastern Montana and Wyoming would benefit from a coming coal boom that some see shaping up. Cities on the West Coast and Asian nations would benefit from the bounty of energy that coal would produce. But what would Bozeman get? Instead of the average of 15 trains that go through town...
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Group says coal production may increase train traffic – Bozeman Daily Chronicle, April 3, 2012

April 3, 2012 AMANDA RICKER Chronicle Staff Writer Today, an average of 15 trains pass through Bozeman every 24 hours. In the future, another 40 trains may be added, said Beth Kaeding of the Northern Plains Resource Council, a conservation group based in Billings. Increased sales of Wyoming and Montana coal from the Powder River Basin to Asian markets will result in more trains traveling from the basin to Northwest seaports, Kaeding said. “So, what that means for Bozeman, and all the towns around the rail lines,...
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A convergence of coal – Helena Independent Record, April 1, 2012

April 2, 2012 Asian demand, future needs could add 20-30 120-car trains, coming and going through Helena, daily By SANJAY TALWANI The number of freight trains loaded with coal that pass through Helena could significantly grow in the next several years, thanks to the planned development of new ports on the West Coast with an eye on the abundant coal of eastern Montana and Wyoming. The Northern Plains Resource Council estimates demand from Asian markets at the new ports could mean 20 to 30 additional...
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