News advisory: Great Falls public forum to look at effects of increased coal trains – March 26, 2013

March 18, 2013

Categories: Agriculture, Coal, Events, Northern Plains Resource Council

Great Falls Coal Forum
6:30-8 pm
Tuesday, March 26
Great Falls Public Library
301 2nd Ave. N.

Northern Plains press release

Is Montana becoming a coal colony for China? Join us for a free public forum and community conversation March 26 on increased coal traffic from the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming to Asian countries. Great Falls would see an increase in coal train traffic heading to five proposed West Coast coal ports. Find out about the proposals and how you can have a voice in the decision-making process.

Proposals to ship Montana coal to Asia via West Coast ports would mean a substantial impact in coal train traffic through Great Falls, resulting in:

  • More noise;
  • Traffic delays and lack of access to other side of tracks;
  • Increased risk of accidents and derailments;
  • Harmful diesel emissions and coal dust;
  • Water and air pollution;
  • Rail congestion and impacts to agricultural shipments. 

“Proposals to export coal from the Powder River Basin to Asia would mean a substantial increase in coal train traffic through Montana,” said Arlo Skari, a Northern Plains member who grows wheat north of Chester. “How will increased rail congestion impact our ability to get grain to market? Who will pay for additional costs?”

The forum is sponsored by Northern Plains Resource Council, Citizens for Clean Energy, and Missouri River Citizens.

Call Page at 406-449-1256 for more information.

220 South 27th Street, Suite A
Billings, Montana 59101
(406) 248-1154