Archive: 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
http://missoulanews.bigskypress.com/IndyBlog/archives/2012/12/11/montanans-bus-1000-miles-for-voice-in-coal-export-debate 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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Press release: Montanans taking coal export fight to Washington (state) – Dec. 4, 2012

November 30, 2012
By Northern Plains Resource Council Since the Army Corps of Engineers won’t come to Montana, Montanans will go to the Army Corps. Dozens of Montanans will board a bus in the wee hours of Tuesday morning for a long ride to Spokane, Washington. They intend to tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of their many concerns about increased coal exports from Montana and Wyoming to China and other Asian markets. Northern Plains Resource Council, which is organizing the bus trip, will...
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Billings Gazette opinion: Keep tax credit that spurs wind energy growth – Nov. 25, 2012

November 26, 2012
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/editorial/gazette-opinion/gazette-opinion-keep-tax-credit-that-spurs-wind-energy-growth/article_de6ec163-7080-5dbb-a323-42e839996050.html When businesses harness Montana’s wind energy, private landowners, local and state governments and workers share the benefits. More than a dozen wind farms scattered across Montana have a total electricity generating capacity of 647 megawatts. They represent $1.3 billion in capital investment, creation of 1,319 construction jobs and 86 permanent jobs. Together, they paid $5.4 million in taxes in 2010. By 2018, these same wind farms will be paying $8.9 million in property taxes as abatements expire. Wind farms are helping...
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Letter: Public comments oppose Tongue River Railroad – Billings Gazette, Nov. 25, 2012

November 26, 2012
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/public-comments-oppose-tongue-river-railroad/article_59e2d1bd-5144-5145-ae75-fae863f21540.html I attended a scoping hearing on the Tongue River Railroad at Forsyth and, of 16 people who testified at the hearing, only one favored the railroad. Others expressed concerns about agriculture, wildlife and health impacts. I spoke about the railroad's negative impacts on Montana's second largest economy, travel and tourism. Mining is low on the list of Montana's economic drivers. I live in Billings and have concerns about how increased rail traffic from coal exports will affect Billings. I also...
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Guest opinion: Cleaner energy generating jobs for Americans – Billings Gazette, Nov. 24, 2012

November 26, 2012
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/guest/guest-opinion-cleaner-energy-generating-jobs-for-americans/article_f76f417b-b195-5e14-8291-e542f6dd0ebf.html By Ben Reed Renewable energy puts people to work, and does it better than coal. According to the National Mining Association, coal employs 136,000 people in the entire United States. That might seem like a lot of people and it might seem, as so many advocates for the fossil fuel industry are saying, like developing more coal would be a good way to put people to work. However, right now three states each employ more people in clean technology jobs...
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Bozeman-area citizens weigh in on coal export terminal – KTVM TV, Nov. 20, 2012

November 21, 2012
Follow the link to watch the video: http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/Citizens-weigh-in-on-coal-export-terminal/-/14594602/17496980/-/npxtkh/-/index.html By Lauren Mascmedt BOZEMAN, Mont. - Dozens filled seats at the Emerson Center Tuesday evening, hoping their comments would be heard by the Army Corps of Engineers as they study the environmental impact of a Washington terminal. "The growth of Powder River Basin coal is real, and it's growing dramatically" said a speaker for Northern Plains Resource Council meeting. They started off the evening with a presentation about increased coal mining and export, and said the...
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