Archive: December, 2012

Press release: Tongue River Railroad reveals new shortcut-to-China rail route – Dec. 18, 2012

December 18, 2012
The Tongue River Railroad Company (TRR) has submitted a new route westward to take coal from the proposed Otter Creek Mine to West Coast coal ports and eventually to China and other Asian markets. A new filing submitted December 17 to the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) reveals plans that indicate that it intends to export most, if not all, new coal mined from Montana’s Powder River Basin overseas. Now avoiding Miles City all together, the new route is a...
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Montanans bus 1,000 miles for voice in coal-export debate – Missoula Independent, Dec. 11, 2012

December 11, 2012 By Matthew Frank By early afternoon on Dec. 4, the bus that left Billings at 4 a.m. had reached Idaho. The 60 people on board, some of whom climbed aboard in Billings, others in Bozeman, Helena and Missoula, are all eager to arrive in Spokane, Wash., where federal and state agencies are holding a hearing on a proposed coal-export terminal on Washington’s coast, near Bellingham. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers apparently figured the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal would be of...
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Montanans go to Spokane to argue against increased coal trains – Missoulian, Dec. 4, 2012

December 5, 2012
A coal train several cars long sits in the rail yard in Missoula in the spring. By KEILA SZPALLER of the Missoulian Steve Thompson has lived near the railroad tracks in Whitefish for 22 years, and he doesn’t want more coal to add to the traffic increase he already sees on the line. On Tuesday, Thompson boarded a bus in Montana to travel to Spokane to tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to consider the Big Sky state as it moves...
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Coal protesters rally in Helena before heading to Spokane – Helena Independent Record, Dec. 4, 2012

December 5, 2012
By EVE BYRON Independent Record Anti-Coal protestors at the capitol About 25 people gathered at the steps of the state Capitol in Helena Tuesday morning as part of the ongoing battle to halt coal exports to China from the Powder River Basin in southeast Montana. The group was on its way from Billings to an Army Corps of Engineers public hearing in Spokane, Wash., to try to persuade the federal agency to include effects on Montanans in an Environmental Impact Statement. The...
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Early morning wake-up call for discussion about coal exports – Public News Service, Dec. 4, 2012

December 4, 2012
Public News Service - MT | December 2012 | Download audio December 4, 2012 MISSOULA, Mont. - The wake-up call is early today for Montanans intending to give the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers a piece of their mind. A bus was to load up in Billings at 4 a.m., picking up people along the way to the State Capitol for a rally - and then they travel to Spokane, Washington, where a hearing is being held related to the coal industry. The Corps is...
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