In the Jan. 13 Montana Standard, Bud Clinch, executive director of the Montana Coal Council, claims to be ignorant of plans to ship large quantities of Powder River Basin coal through Montana cities by rail. He overlooks recent news stories.
1. Arch Coal has applied for a port at Longview, Wash., for 60 million tons per year. From Otter Creek or elsewhere in the Powder River Basin, it can be shipped through Montana. By Mr. Clinch’s calculations, that’s 11-12 trains per day, not his fewer than four.
2. Ambre, an Australian firm, recently purchased a mine in the basin, and is invested in a proposed coal export port in Washington. How many trains, Mr. Clinch?
3. The Signal Peak mine in Musselshell County, one-third owned by foreigners, is Continue reading >>> Pollution stays here