Opponents Seek To Derail Montana Coal Line
Railroad attorneys wrote in their application that the railroad "has the potential to transport additional coal from the considerable coal resources that are located (in the area) and will service any mines developed in the area."
BNSF spokeswoman Suann Lundsberg said Thursday the Colstrip route reduces the number of affected landowners, avoids a state fish hatchery and eliminates the need to cross over Interstate 94.
In separate proceedings involving Otter Creek, Montana regulators will host three public meetings next week to establish the scope of the state's environmental review for the mine.
Meetings are scheduled at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Broadus, and on Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. in Ashland and at 6 p.m. in Lame Deer.___ Online: Surface Transportation Board: http://www.stb.dot.gov Montana Department of Environmental Quality: http://www.deq.mt.gov
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