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Daines pledges support for Washington coal terminal

Daines pledges support for Washington coal terminal

U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont. toured a controversial Bellingham, Wash., coal port Thursday, calling its success crucial to Montana's economy.

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GAO: Federal planning, money needed for rail crossing infrastructure

GAO: Federal planning, money needed for rail crossing infrastructure

Many American cities, including several in Montana, are ill-prepared to deal with the safety challenges of increased rail traffic, concluded a federal government report released Friday.

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Bullock outlines options to reduce CO2 emissions without shutting down plants

Bullock outlines options to reduce CO2 emissions without shutting down plants

HELENA — The Bullock administration Friday unveiled five options for how Montana can meet proposed federal rules to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions — and none includes shutting down or curtailing existing coal-fired power plants.

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BLM: Coal leasing program continues while reforms are considered

BLM: Coal leasing program continues while reforms are considered

CASPER, Wyo. — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, said this week he intends to draft legislation halting coal leasing on federal lands after the U.S. Bureau of Land Management rejected his call for a leasing moratorium.

September 17, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Tongue River Railroad told to turn over documents

Tongue River Railroad told to turn over documents

Sponsors of a proposed railroad that would open Montana’s huge coal reserves to new mining must turn over documents about the project’s economics to a conservation group that’s opposed to the line, according to a Wednesday decision by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board.

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Under deal, stake in Decker coal mine would go to Australian company

Coal companies announced an agreement Thursday to consolidate ownership of a Montana mine in a deal aimed at boosting exports of the fuel to Asia through ports on the U.S. West Coast.

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Rain, rail congestion cut into coal output

CASPER, Wyo. — Cloud Peak Energy lowered its production estimates for this year on Tuesday, citing August rains and congested rail service.

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A tape measure shows this narrow crack is around 22 feet deep.

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One of two massive P&H 2300 shovels at the Spring Creek Mine

One of two massive P&H 2300 shovels at the Spring Creek Mine

One of two massive P&H 2300 shovels at the Spring Creek Mine loads a truck with 250 tons of coal. The shovel has a 40-yard bucket, and the truck holds 130 yards of coal.

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Tom Phillips, Plant Lead at the Spring Creek Mine

Tom Phillips, Plant Lead at the Spring Creek Mine

Tom Phillips, Plant Lead at the Spring Creek Mine, monitors equipment as railroad cars are filled with coal.

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Antelope run across reclaimed mining land

Antelope run across reclaimed mining land

Antelope run across reclaimed mining land on the Spring Creek Mine.

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Railroad cars are filled with coal

Railroad cars are filled with coal

Railroad cars are filled with coal at the Spring Creek Mine.

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Coal mining in the Spring Creek Mine

Coal mining in the Spring Creek Mine

Coal mining in the Spring Creek Mine.

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Railroad cars are filled with coal

Railroad cars are filled with coal

Railroad cars are filled with coal at the Spring Creek mine. The cars hold 120 tons of coal and are loaded in six to eight seconds, then sprayed with water and a binding chemical to reduce dust during their shipment period.

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Rick Curtsinger from the Spring Creek Mine

Rick Curtsinger from the Spring Creek Mine

Rick Curtsinger from the Spring Creek mine leads a tour on a coal seam.

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A dragline works

A dragline works

A dragline works to remove the dirt on top of a coal seam in the Spring Creek mine. The 65-yard bucket can dig 1,000 buckets every 24 hours.

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Cloud Peak taking more active role in coal debate: ‘We want it to be a factual discussion’

Cloud Peak taking more active role in coal debate: ‘We want it to be a factual discussion’

DECKER — The 300-foot dragline juts into southern Montana skyline like an industrial tower, a titan among giant equipment at Cloud Peak Energy’s Spring Creek Mine.

August 31, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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A Spring Creek Mine truck

A Spring Creek Mine truck

A Spring Creek Mine truck hauls 250 tons of coal from the mine to an on-site transfer station.

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Oregon agency rejects Columbia River terminal for shipping Powder River Basin coal

Oregon agency rejects Columbia River terminal for shipping Powder River Basin coal

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon state regulators rejected a proposal for a coal terminal on the Columbia River that would be a conduit for exporting millions of tons of American coal a year to Asia.

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